Hospital admissions of Covid-19 patients in Essex hospitals have risen by 55 per cent in just one week.
Essex County Council confirmed that as of Tuesday (October 27), 191 beds were occupied by patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 within the county’s hospital trusts.
That is nearly 55 per cent higher than one week before on October 20, where there were 123 hospital beds used by coronavirus patients.
Just over two weeks ago, on October 14, only 68 beds were taken up by Covid-19 patients, showing just how quickly hospital admissions are increasing in a short space of time.
It is also two weeks since Essex was placed into a high-level local alert.
Essex County Council stressed they would not expect to see any impact from moving into the alert level at this early stage.
They said this was because “given the epidemiology, any impact will not be seen until at least 3-4 weeks following the date we moved into high.”
Using this logic, we should expect to see an impact from moving into Tier Two from the first or second week of November.
Case numbers show a further significant rise across nearly all parts of the county.
In the seven days up to October 22, there were 1,596 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Essex.
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The weekly case rate as of that day for Essex has been marked as 107.2 cases per 100,000 population.
Essex County Council stated that the highest weekly case rates up to October 22 were in Brentwood and Castle Point, with rates of 154.5 and 150.5, respectively.
They outlined that numbers in the lowest age groups have flattened or declined, though the increase among older age groups is greater than the all age average.