Newark: Nottinghamshire hospitals now 70% worse off than the April coronavirus peak, with situation to worsen throughout January
Nottinghamshire hospitals are now running at 70% higher occupancy than the April peak, with more than 500 covid patients occupying beds.
This was the stark information given by the medical director for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Dr Andrew Haynes.
Speaking at Friday's covid-19 briefing, Dr Haynes said the situation in hospitals was critical.
He said: "We had a peak in early November, which was 50% bigger than the peak in April, and things got a little quieter going into December, but we were still above the April peak.
“Since Christmas, we have seen an increase in cases and we are now running at 70% higher than the April peak with more than 500 covid patients occupying beds in hospitals.
"We know this will get worse through January and we are expecting more pressure on our health system.
"More than 25% of our beds are occupied by covid patients. One in ten are intensive care, and that has an impact on other areas.
"Around 10% of our staff are off sick.
"Infection level in the community at the minute is high, at around one in 50, so we need to all play our part in reducing transmission."
Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, told the briefing covid-19 rates across the county were of enormous concern.
"For the national context, the average rate across England yesterday was 4,437.7 per 100,000.
"The rates (in Nottinghamshire) are just lower than the national average, but frankly are of enormous concern.
"Rates, wherever we look in Nottinghamshire, are at a high level and are rising steeply in all areas — across every part of the county and across all age groups."