Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - Thursday 8 October 2020

We're sharing this data as we want to be as open and transparent as possible and know that many of you are concerned about the recent rise in the number of positive cases in the past couple of weeks.

We have put together this round-up of information, which we hope to update on a weekly basis. 

To respond to concerns around how swiftly things are changing, we will also be sharing a daily figure via the Barnsley Council Facebook and Barnsley Council Twitter accounts to track the seven-day rate of new infections per 100,000 people in the population. This rate is calculated using the of new cases publicly available on the UK government COVID-19 dashboard.

Please note that the seven-day rate of new infections may change as more cases are reported. Other published rates may vary as they use different data sources and verification processes, or they rely on dates of reporting instead of the date a test was taken. The information in this summary is provided in order to show the trends and give the people of Barnsley an up to date picture of the current rate of cases.


Our cases have increased from week ending 27 September: 76.6 per 100,000 to week ending 4 October: 141.4 per 100,000. This rate is calculated using the of new cases publicly available on the UK government COVID-19 dashboard.

Spread of COVID-19 cases across age groups (last 14 days)

Spread of COVID-19 cases across age groups - last 14 days (8 October 2020)

In Barnsley, we are not just seeing COVID-19 in younger age groups. In the last two weeks there have been more COVID-19 cases in adults aged 40 to 59 years old.

The chart above highlights age group 40 to 59 as the highest, then the 20 to 39 age group, 0 to 19 age group, 60 to 79 age group and lowest the 80 to 99 age group.

The risk of spreading COVID-19 is higher indoors. Don’t be a contact. Please maintain a social distance from others to prevent the spread of infection.

What you can do

  • If you have symptoms such as a new continuous cough, a fever or loss of taste or smell isolate straight away and book a test.
  • Isolate immediately if you are told to do so.
  • Follow the rule of six, and remember - don't be a contact, try to reduce the number of different people you see on a regular basis.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Wear a face covering if you can.

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