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Coronavirus: Further 11 care home deaths in Harrogate

Coronavirus: Further 11 care home deaths in Harrogate

Published by May Norman at 12:06pm 29th April 2020.

Katie Williams, Data Reporter

Further 11 care home deaths linked to coronavirus in Harrogate

  • There have been another 11 care home deaths linked to COVID-19 in Harrogate.
  • New figures have revealed there have been 54 deaths in total.
  • Matt Hancock has said daily data on coronavirus deaths will now include those in care homes and the community.

A further 11 care home deaths linked to coronavirus have occurred in Harrogate, new figures reveal.

National care home operators say they fear the sector will become the most affected area of society in terms of Covid-19 fatalities, while the Local Government Association called the number of deaths outside hospital across England and Wales "truly shocking."

Office for National statistics data shows that in Harrogate, 54 deaths involving Covid-19 were provisionally registered up to April 25 – up from 28 the week before.

The recent figures only include deaths that occurred up to April 17 which were registered up to eight days later.

Of those, 19 occurred in care homes and one at a private home.

A further two deaths occurred in hospices, other community establishments or elsewhere.

In the previous week, eight Covid-19 deaths had been recorded in care homes.

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It means at least 22 Covid-19-related deaths in Harrogate would have been excluded from official estimates up to April 25 – equating to 41 per cent of the total figure from the ONS.

This is because ONS figures include all mentions of Covid-19 on a death certificate, including suspected cases, as well as deaths in the community, whereas the main government figures are based on the deaths of hospital patients who tested positive for the virus.

The number of people who died of coronavirus in Harrogate's hospitals up to April 25 was 32, according to the ONS, 14 more than the week before.

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Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group (ICG), said those in care and nursing homes across the country who have died "deserve better".

He said:

"Due to the lag in collating figures, we do fear that the true number of people who have died in care and nursing homes since the start of coronavirus may be higher than these figures suggest. It may well be that they are increasing whilst hospital deaths are falling.

"Social care providers are now on the true front line in the fight against Covid-19 and we need more support."

Across England and Wales, almost four in 10 deaths (39%) in the week to April 17 were coronavirus-related. Of those, just over three-quarters (77%) took place in hospital with the remainder occurring in care homes, private homes and hospices.

Sam Monaghan, chief executive of care home charity Methodist Homes, said:

"The ONS figures are finally beginning to show what we have known for some weeks now, that care homes are sadly the most affected area of society in terms of deaths from Covid-19.

"Testing is only now starting to become more prevalent in care homes so we should start to know for certain the extent to which our care homes are being affected."

Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board, said "we need to do all we can" to shield people in care homes and those receiving care in their own homes.

"We are yet to see the peak of the stress on the social care system," he added.