More than two thirds of care homes in Sheffield have now had coronavirus outbreaks

Coronavirus outbreaks have now hit more than two thirds of care homes in Sheffield, new figures show.

Monday, 8th June 2020, 10:33 am
Updated Monday, 8th June 2020, 10:33 am

But the rate of new COVID-19 outbreaks at care homes in the city appears to be falling, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

Outbreaks have been reported at 79 of Sheffield’s 116 care homes – meaning 68.1 per cent have now been affected.

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Coronavirus outbreaks have been reported at 79 out of 116 care homes in Sheffield (pic: Tom Maddick/SWNS)

But just one new outbreak was reported in the week beginning May 25 and two in each of the two weeks before that, compared with a high of 19 in the week beginning March 30.

The percentage of care homes in Sheffield where there have been outbreaks is higher than anywhere outside London and Oxfordshire.

Only new outbreaks at homes which have not recorded one before are included in the weekly figures, which do not show whether previous outbreaks are ongoing or whether there have been fresh outbreaks at homes where there has already been a case.

At least 236 people have died with COVID-19 at care homes in Sheffield, according to data from the Office for National Statistics for the number of deaths notified to the Care Quality Commission by May 29.

The most coronavirus deaths recorded at care homes in the city on a single day was 19, on May 6.

A total of 274 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now died at hospitals in Sheffield, with the England-wide death toll standing at 27,160, according to the latest figures from NHS England.