CORONAVIRUS: 26 new cases across county in latest figures

There were 26 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Lincolnshire on Wednesday, Government data shows.

Latest update on county cases

Nationally, cases increased by 3,991 to 378,219 cases on Tuesday, while deaths increased by 20 to 41,684.

There were no further hospital deaths confirmed for Lincolnshire in NHS figures or the government’s own tally, which also includes deaths outside of hospitals or outside the county.

The figures come as United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust confirmed that it now has three confirmed cases in its hospitals after a period when it had none.

United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Evans broke the news during a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee.

Bosses were updating councillors on the trust’s efforts to tackle coronavirus.

At the beginning of the meeting there were two confirmed cases reported at the trust, however, while responding to questions Mr Evans said: “Since Mark gave his update this morning we now have another positive case in Lincoln hospital.”

Deputy Chief Executive Mark Brassington told councillors that there had been just 14 days during the pandemic that the trust has had zero patients.

The trust is currently at level three alert status, however, is expecting to go back up to level four “fairly soon”.

“Whilst numbers might be low, we still have things in place to to enable us to deal with COVID patients,” he said.

“As with the national picture, numbers are increasing and we’re seeing a rise of people coming into hospital with query-Covid symptoms.

“While we remain low level, it’s a precarious situation and we expect that number to rise in the coming weeks.”

Councillors were also given updates on efforts to tackle backlogs – including nearly 700 operations now carried out at the Grantham COVID-free site and some diagnostic procedures exceeding 200% of pre-COVID levels.

Mr Evans confirmed the Grantham COVID-free site had not seen any coronavirus patients, and has not seen any transmission between patients and staff.

Bosses said there were currently no major issues with getting test results back for patients or staff at the trust.

Latest coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire

4,053 cases (up 32)

2,954 in Lincolnshire (up 26)

830 in North Lincolnshire (up four)

269 in North East Lincolnshire (up two)

390 deaths (no change)

267 from Lincolnshire (no change)

89 from North Lincolnshire (no change)

34 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 268 hospital deaths (no change)

144 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)

4 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)

1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)

119 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

378,219 UK cases, 41,684 deaths