Posted: Mon 6th Apr 2020

Updated: Mon 6th Apr

303 Coronavirus tests in Wrexham out of 12,617 tests in Wales as new dashboards reveal pandemic data for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Wrexham has had just 303 coronavirus ‘testing episodes’ in the area new data released today states.

The information has been released via an all new dashboard by Public Health Wales, and contains information refreshed between 7am and midday today. Currently Welsh Government say around 1,100 tests a day are being carried out in Wales, so the testing data behind the information is limited.

The top image shows a Wales-wide view of the age and sex distribution of confirmed cases. 11.6% are female aged 50-59 , with the next highest being females aged 40-49.

For the first time testing data has been broken down to a local authority area, with the data also revealing overall 15,039 tests have been carried out with 12,754 individuals tested, with 12,617 ‘testing episodes’ logged for the Wales specific total. It is noted individuals may be tested more than once, and the information presented is based off 6 week ‘episode periods’. If an individual is tested more than once in that period, they are only counted once.

Overall Betsi Cadwaladr University health board has 1,315 tests stated in the below table. The below table also has a ‘cumulative cases’ column, which is the number of confirmed cases, eg. 54 so far in Wrexham.

Earlier today we asked the First Minister about a tracking app and data, on that he said “…while we know through testing the number of people who identify as having coronavirus, that will be a fraction of the actual number because of the way it’s circulating in the community.

“When we quote these figures, nobody should believe that it is only those people have coronavirus. I think it’s important not to be too specific about how many people are out there, because nobody at all actually knows.”

Another dashboard logs the types of calls to the 111 system, sortable by health board.

A third dashboard shows data on diagnosed respiratory issues, again sortable by health board area.

In the now usual daily statement Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “302 new cases have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,499, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

“27 further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the number of deaths in Wales to 193.

“We offer our condolences to families and friends affected, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality.

“Public Health Wales has conducted more than 15,000 tests for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on nearly 13,000 individuals since the start of this outbreak.

“All available data relating to Coronavirus in Wales is now available on a new user-friendly data dashboard, which is available on the Public Health Wales website.

“Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now circulating in every part of Wales.  The single most important action we can all take in fighting Coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS, and save lives.

“We want to thank each and every person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.

“We know that staying at home can be hard especially when the weather is nice, but members of the public must adhere to social distancing rules about staying at home, and away from others, introduced by the UK and Welsh Government.  These rules are available on the Public Health Wales website.

“People no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Information about the symptoms to look out for is available on the Public Health Wales website, or members of the public can use the NHS Wales symptom checker.

“Anyone with a suspected coronavirus illness should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse, or their symptoms do not get better after seven days.

“Only call 999 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not call 999 just because you are on hold to 111.  We appreciate that 111 lines are busy, but you will get through after a wait.

“The public play a very important role in slowing the spread of infection. By strictly following the latest measures, you will protect yourself, protect the most vulnerable and help to reduce the pressure on NHS Wales and minimise the impact of the virus.”

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