Fears for utilities as Omicron causes spike in Covid cases in North Lincolnshire

A huge increase in Covid cases could put hospitals, police and garbage collections in North Lincolnshire at risk.

The public health director warned that the Omicron variant – which is now the dominant strain in the region – risks forcing large numbers of essential workers to stay at home.

Coronavirus cases have risen sharply with 447 detected on Wednesday alone.

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More than 90 percent of North Lincolnshire’s positive cases are now believed to be from the new strain, up from 30 percent earlier this month.

Tessa Lindfield, Director of Public Health for North Lincolnshire, has urged people to think carefully about who they come in contact with as cases spread.

“Although the Omicron variant appears to be smoother, the greater risk is what happens with many cases within a short period of time,” she said.

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“We could see a lot of people taking time off work, including the staff in our hospitals, the people who deal with crime and who run our day-to-day public services. This includes people who have tested positive themselves or who are caring for other sick people.

“It’s a different kind of harm from the deaths we’ve seen in previous waves, but it’s still serious.

“I urge people to think carefully about where they are going – we need to do everything we can to slow the spread. You could talk to a nurse in a pub and be the person giving her the Covid. “

Hospitals could face additional pressure if large numbers of essential workers were to self-isolate

There are 30 coronavirus patients at Scunthorpe General Hospital, as fewer infected people become seriously ill.

The Covid rate in North Lincolnshire now stands at 744 per 100,000 population, more than 50% higher than a week ago.

Tessa says this will likely continue, but there is reason to be optimistic.

“We are seeing an acceleration in the increase in cases, which matches the trend in the rest of the country.

“We’re a little late, but it’s exactly the same picture with a steepening in the curve, which means cases will continue to rise,” she said.

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“We don’t test all results, but the marker we are looking for suggests that Omicron accounts for over 90% of cases. It has really changed since the start of December when it was around 30 percent.

‘It spreads most among young adults and is distributed evenly across North Lincolnshire.

“Fortunately, we also had time to disseminate the reminder to more of the population.

“We are still seeing high levels of testing, which is an encouraging sign. The positivity rate for PCR tests is 19%, the highest ever. “

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Getting vaccinated against Covid and the booster shot is one of the most effective ways to stay safe.

People are also encouraged to meet in small groups, stay outdoors when possible, and make sure there is good ventilation.

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