Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases in Staffordshire nearing 1,000 as four more die at UHNM hospitals



Almost 1,000 people in Staffordshire have tested positive for Covid-19 while another four patients at UHNM hospitals have died.

Figures released today by Public Health England show there are now 970 confirmed cases across the county and 210 in Stoke-on-Trent alone.

The number of fatalities at the Royal Stoke and County hospitals, both run by the University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust, has risen to 95.

One death has also been recorded by the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Harplands Hospital.

Across the border in Cheshire East, there are now 433 confirmed cases, while a further seven people have died at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Crewe’s Leighton Hospital. The total is now 60.

Twenty-five have died at East Cheshire NHS Trust facilities, which include Congleton War Memorial Hospital and Macclesfield District General Hospital.

The total number of hospital deaths in England now stands at 11,005.

It’s important to note this isn’t the total number of people who have died – it’s the number of people who have died in hospital having contracted coronavirus included in today’s publicly released figures by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.

Many hospitals will not report deaths that happened over the weekend until the middle of the following week. There will also be a lag in reporting due to the long Bank Holiday weekend.

The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home for example – will be higher.

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