Nearly a fifth of all care home deaths in Greater Lincolnshire between mid-April to mid-June have involved COVID-19, according to the latest figures which bring the tally to 173.
The data released by the Office for National Statistics shows that of the 892 deaths reported to the Care Quality Commission across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire between the weeks ending April 17 and June 19, 173 involved COVID.
The number equates to 19.4% of the overall figure – 18.1% for Lincolnshire alone.
The breakdown for the region for deaths involving COVID-19 is:
- Lincs – 114 (up from 71 previously reported by Lincolnshire County Council)
- North Lincs – 52 (new data)
- North East Lincolnshire – 7 (new data)
- Total: 173
The breakdown for the region for deaths from all causes as follows:
- Lincolnshire – 630
- North Lincolnshire – 168
- North East Lincolnshire – 94
- Total: 892
The government has announced weekly testing will take place in care homes to identify anyone with the virus and further reduce transmission from Monday.
Residents will receive a test every 28 days in a bid to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus in social care.
It follows a study of almost 6,000 care home managers and data from whole care home testing which identified the relatively high prevalence of the virus among care staff, particularly among temporary staff who work in multiple care settings.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “This new testing strategy will not only keep residents and care workers safe, but it will give certainty and peace of mind to the families who may be worried about their loved ones, and give staff the confidence to do what they do best.”