Significant number of Nottinghamshire residents remain in hospital due to covid-related illnesses
A significant number of people remain in hospital because of coronavirus, claims the accountable officer at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG.
Speaking in today's covid briefing for Nottinghamshire, Amanda Sullivan revealed 28 residents remain in intensive care while 198 people are being treated for covid-related illnesses (from September 14).
Dr Sullivan said: "We do still have a significant number of people who need care for coronavirus.
"There are extreme pressures on all parts of the health service and coronavirus is contributing to that, but alongside all the other range of illnesses and problems other people might need help for.
"Unvaccinated people or not fully vaccinated people are more likely to need hospital care.
"People who are fully vaccinated can still catch coronavirus but are less likely to become seriously ill or die."
From a case rate perspective, Lucy Hubber, director of Public Health at Nottingham City Council, said although cases were reducing, it is still much higher than expected.
"It is much higher than we want it to be, particularly as we going into the winter months with what we know about infectious diseases and particularly respiratory infectious diseases — they thrive in indoor environments," she said.
"As the weather begins to get colder and we move from beer gardens and outside dining, we can expect case rates to increase.
"We are also seeing national increases in school-age children."
She said despite large rises in Scotland and England, particularly earlier in the month, Nottinghamshire was yet to see a spike in school-based cases.
Looking ahead, Dr Sullivan said the vaccination programme continued to be a key weapon against coronavirus.
"Half of our young people aged 18-29 are fully vaccinated," she said.
"There is still an open offer for anybody of any age who isn't vaccinated to come forward."
A booster campaign for over 50s, frontline care workers and clinically vulnerable residents in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham is to be rolled out from next week.
It can be taken six months after your second jab. Further details are to be announced.