Barnsley’s infection rate remains high, with 111 cases per 100,000 people – compared to the UK rate of 41.
A report to Barnsley Hospital’s board of direcotrs states that here has been a “notable increase” of cases in people under the age of 60 since schools reopened on March 8.
The hospital’s intensive care and respiratory units remain “under pressure” as a result of “complex patient acuity, Covid and staffing pressures.”
The numbers “continue to remain at a higher level than April last year at the start of the first wave with approximately half of all ICU patients Covidpositive,” adds the report.
Trevor Lake, chair of the board of directors told the meeting on April 1: “The main thing is reassurance for the public and other interested partners.
“Colleagues are aware that the number of positive cases in maintaining its downward trajectory, it seems to have stayed at a lower number.”