Who has been testing positive for Covid-19 in Derbyshire?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 8:18pm

By Eddie Bisknell, Local Democracy Reporter @EddieBisk

New data has shone a light on which age groups and genders in Derby and Derbyshire are testing positive for Covid-19 more frequently.

In the Derbyshire county area, for the week October 24-30, women have tested positive for Covid-19 more frequently than men, a trend which has held true throughout the pandemic.

This is believed to be linked to the prevalence of women in jobs such as care homes, schools and hospitals – in which there is frequent close contact and sectors which did not shut down during lockdown.

The age group which saw the most new infections in the week October 24-30 in the Derbyshire county area was people aged 50-59 with nearly a fifth of all new cases – 525 of 2,663.

This is followed by people aged 20-29 with nearly 17 per cent of all new cases – 449 cases.

It is believed this is linked to the prevalence of young people in public-facing roles in which they come into frequent contact with others such as in pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets.

The age group with the next highest number of cases in the past week in the Derbyshire county area is people aged 30-39 with 409 new cases, followed by those aged 40-49 with 387 cases.

Dean Wallace, Derbyshire County Council’s public health director, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “Predominantly at the start of the second wave, the virus was in the under 30s within particular spikes around the 16-24 year olds.

“What we are seeing now is that those rates are still higher but are coming down and we are seeing an increase in the rates in the over 40s and a definite increase rate in the over 60s.

“We are also seeing more younger people, in this sense, under 60s, needing hospital admission, which is different, and what we are seeing is an increase in rate in the over 60s in hospitals.”

In Derby, once again, women have tested positive for Covid-19 more frequently than men.

This is not broken down by cases in the most recent week in the city, but over the course of the pandemic with around 53 per cent of the cases.

Weekly cases by age group in the city have been displayed on a chart published by the authority.

It shows that the number of cases among people aged 40-59 and 22-39 have shot up dramatically since lockdown eased in June and particularly since the start of October.

Rates among those age groups (5,000 per 100,000 people) are pushing double that seen in people aged 60 and above and those aged 17-21 (3,000 per 100,000 people), based on weekly testing to October 24.

The rate of cases among those aged 16 and below was low for the majority of the pandemic and then spiked at the start of September when schools went back, followed by a dip in which many schoolchildren were sent home for weeks to self-isolate along with half term, followed by a second surge which is still trending upwards as children return to school.

That rate currently sits at around 1,300 per 100,000.

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