Friday 20th November 2020
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Infection rate stabilises but hospitals still under pressure
The number of Rotherham residents in hospital due to Covid-19 is now more than double the number at the peak of the first wave of the infection.
And tragically, in the last week, 28 deaths were registered in Rotherham related to Covid-19.
However, we do continue to see a fall in the infection rate across the borough which today stands at 374.9 cases per 100,000. The rate remains very high though, with 952 people in Rotherham testing positive for covid last week.
We can all continue to play our part to reduce the risk of the infection rate climbing again, causing further deaths and strain on our NHS by taking these simple steps:
If you would like to find out more information about how many cases of Covid-19 are in your local area, you can find out the daily latest numbers here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/.
Answer the call
If you get a call or text from 01709 807319, don’t worry, it’s not a scam – it’s Rotherham’s local Test and Trace Service trying to get in touch with you.
The local team will attempt to contact you if the national service has not been able to within 24 hours.
We’re asking people to answer the call, or follow instructions in the text if they are contacted.
Further details are available by clicking on the image below.
New Covid-19 testing site opens in Maltby
More exciting plans for town centre regeneration
Two more exciting Rotherham Town Centre regeneration projects have been unveiled this week.
The site of the former Primark Store on High Street, which has been an eyesore for a number of years is to be demolished.
The Council has now purchased the site using funding from the Towns Fund Accelerator programme and plans would see the building replaced, in the short term, with a pocket park and a high-quality public space (see image above) .
Subject to necessary planning consents, longer term plans include developing the site for new town centre residential living.
Meanwhile, the Council has been asking people to give their views on plans to revamp Frederick Street as part of the Town Centre Masterplan and which will follow on from the works currently underway on Bridgegate.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business
Reclaim the night goes online
Women in Rotherham are being invited to take part in the annual Reclaim the Night event which, this year is being held online.
Instead of the usual town-centre walk, a line-up of women with links to Rotherham will share experiences of moving into new, exciting spaces – professionally and personally.
Reclaim the Night stands against violence towards women and girls, making our streets and public spaces safer for everyone.