The accountable officer for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG Amanda Sullivan urges people to get their Covid vaccinations booster jabs.
Most of the patients in intensive care beds at Nottingham University Hospitals have not been vaccinated against Covid.
At a media briefing on Friday 7 January Amanda outlined the seriousness of the situation at Nottingham University Hospitals, she said:
‘It is so important for people to get their vaccinations and get boosted against the Omicron variant – this is important because 74% of patients at NUH on ICU are unvaccinated. Omicron is as serious as Delta if you are unvaccinated.’
‘Our hospitals are under increasing pressure – this is caused by Covid and increased absences, as well as other areas like the expected Winter pressures.
She added that at this stage a critical incident has not been declared at NUH but the situation is being closely monitored.
On vaccinations Amanda said that ‘84% of over-18s are double vaccinated and a further 60% have been boosted.
Lucy Hubber, Public Health Director for Nottingham, said: “The situation in Nottingham is we are seeing very high case rates of 1,600 per 100,000 people – that’s a rapid increase on where we were a month ago.
“We are also seeing a positivity rate – number of people testing positive at PCR – at 40 per cent – and that is really high. There is a lot of Covid circulating in our community.
“That figure will continue to increase. We hear in the media that Omicron is a mild disease – I am not sure I would agree with that.
“What I would say is what we are seeing is Omicron is not as severe for people who are vaccinated but it is not fair to say Covid is a mild disease.”
Louise Lester, from Public Health Nottinghamshire, added: “In the most recent seven days our rate was at 1,865 per 100,000. This is currently above the England average.
“That is 15,000 people across Nottinghamshire who have tested positive in the last seven days.
“They are high across all our districts and boroughs at the moment – highest in Gedling and Ashfield and lowest in Rushcliffe.
“All very high and driven by the working age population – 18 to 59-year-olds have got the highest rates and we do not know what this New Year will bring.”