Positive ‘downward trend’ in our region

Rapid Covid-19 testing centres open in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

Lincolnshire is on a “downward trend” despite a Covid-19 infection rate spike in some areas, according to the county’s health boss.

Professor Derek Ward, director of public health for Lincolnshire County Council, said “We’ve got to keep an eye on the general direction…If you look on a daily level, you’re always going to be seeing the numbers bounce around.”

In Lincolnshire, as of 18 February, there have been around 17,700 lateral flow tests in total, and over 250 positives – a positivity rate of 1.5%.

Professor Ward added: “We are on a downward trend, but I think overall as a county, our key message is that the infection does seem to be in our working age adults.”

Nearly 203,000 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Lincolnshire, latest NHS figures show.

It’s positive news for our region, the weekly data released on Thursday shows 202,799 jabs have taken place between 8 December 8 and 14 February – up by 36,828 on the previous week.

It breaks down as 199,652 first doses and 3,147 second.

However that figure is 1,537 fewer than the previous week’s 38,365, and continues the drop from 40,206 recorded doses the previous week.

The data includes the new vaccination centre at the Lincolnshire Showground which aims to do over 1,000 doses a day.

The Showground centre is the second largest in the county, with the one at Princess Arena Sports Centre in Boston able to handle over 1,500 vaccines per day.

The figures show show 154,294 people under the age of 80 have received their first vaccination and another 1,551 have been given their second.

Some 45,358 people aged over 80 have received their first dose, with a further 1,596 receiving a second jab.

This means 97.5% of all over-80s in the county have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine.

Around of 31.7% of the Lincolnshire population in total has received a first dose of the vaccine.

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