Sheffield's Covid death toll rises as hospital admissions since pandemic began hit 4,000

Another patient has died in Sheffield’s hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the latest daily statistics.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 5:45 pm

Figures released by NHS England show 509 more deaths were recorded in the 24 hours to 4pm on Monday, February 8, including one in Sheffield.

The deaths took place between December 27, 2020 and February 8, 2021, with the time taken for positive results to be received among the potential factors in a delay between a death happening and being recorded.

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A total of 823 Covid patients have now died at Sheffield's hospitals since the pandemic began

The data represents the deaths of hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the previous 28 days and whose deaths were recorded in the latest reporting period.

The number of Covid-19 hospital deaths in Sheffield now stands at 823.

According to Government data, a total of 1,025 patients across all settings in Sheffield have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 up to February 8. This equates to 175.3 deaths per 100,000 people since the pandemic began.

Separate Office for National Statistics data shows there have been a total of 1,114 deaths recorded in Sheffield where the death certificate mentioned Covid-19 as one of the causes. This equates to 190.5 deaths per 100,000 people since the pandemic began.

How many Covid patients are being treated in Sheffield hospitals?

According to Government data on healthcare, 17 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust sites on Sunday, January 31 - the most recent date for which figures are available.

It brings the total number of coronavirus patients admitted to the trust's hospitals since the pandemic began to 4,000. The highest number of admissions recorded to date was 91 patients on April 2, 2020.

As of Tuesday, February 2, 380 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including 38 in mechanical ventilation beds. The highest number of Covid patients being treated on any one day was 417 on January 22 this year, with the 38 patients requiring mechanical ventilation being the highest since the pandemic began.

Figures for the number of patients discharged are not currently provided on a daily basis. However, the latest NHS England data shows a total of 2,890 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19, 2020 and January 6, 2021.

Is the number of Covid cases rising in Sheffield?

According to the latest Government figures, 94 people in Sheffield tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, February 9, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 37,599.

The highest daily number of cases reported was 608 on October 7, 2020.

There were 1,049 cases confirmed in the seven days to Thursday, February 4, meaning Sheffield has a rate of 179.4 per 100,000 people. That is below the England-wide average of 212.6 for that period.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Sheffield?

According to the latest Government figures 8.5 per cent of the 14,002 people in Sheffield received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending Thursday, February 4.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are lab-based and test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The figures also show that 3,056 lateral flow test results were provided on Monday, February 8 in Sheffield, bringing the total to date to 63,807.

Those figures represent the number of confirmed positive, negative or void lateral flow device test results. This is a count of test results and may include multiple tests for an individual person.Lateral flow devices test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and are swab tests that give results in less than an hour, without needing to go to a laboratory. They have been used in trials of mass testing in schools, universities and care homes.