COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and deaths in Barnsley

The information below gives a summary of the number of cases and deaths in Barnsley due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). We update this web page on a weekly basis.

This information was last updated on 28 October 2020.

Cases in Barnsley

  • The first laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barnsley were in March 2020. View the Barnsley case data on GOV.UK.

  • As of 16 October 2020 there has been a total of 4536 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the borough.

Weekly cases

  • In the week between 10 October and 16 October there was a total of 1001 confirmed cases - an increase from 646 cases the week before.

  • During August there was an average of 5 confirmed cases per day. In September it was 19. The average number per day in October (up to 23 October) has been 140.

  • In the last four weeks we have adjusted the numbers of confirmed cases to reflect newly available local information which has not made it into official figures yet.

  • There have been 1435 cases in the week ending 23 October; this should be regarded with caution, and the number of cases may go up as new data becomes available.

  • The most recent seven-day rate of new COVID-19 infections in Barnsley is 562.2 per 100,000 people in the population (seven days ending 22 October). This shows an increasing trend. This rate is calculated using the number of new cases publicly available on the GOV.UK 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.

  • Regardless of the specific published numbers, it's very clear that there's been a growth in Barnsley's numbers. This is due to an increase in the number of infections across the borough (not just in specific outbreaks) and a lag in the test results coming in. This is in line with national and regional trends.

You should continue to follow public health advice:

The graph and table below show the number of confirmed cases in Barnsley from week ending 5 June 2020 to week ending 23 October 2020.

Number of confirmed cases - graph

Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barnsley - 5 June to 23 October

Number of confirmed cases - data table

Week ending Number of confirmed cases
23 October 2020 1435
16 October 2020 1001
9 October 2020 646
2 October 2020 351
25 September 2020 152
18 September 2020 72
11 September 2020 76
4 September 2020 71
28 August 2020 17
21 August 2020 25
14 August 60
7 August 2020 33
31 July 2020 29
24 July 2020 29
17 July 2020 27
10 July 2020 32
3 July 2020 63
26 June 2020 107
19 June 2020 141
12 June 2020 114
5 June 2020 84

Deaths in Barnsley

  • The first death from COVID-19 was reported in Barnsley at the end of March 2020.

  • The number of people dying with COVID-19 peaked in mid-April and has been falling since.

  • Between the end of March and the beginning of June the number of deaths in Barnsley was higher than expected.

  • There has been a total of 278 COVID-19 related deaths in Barnsley (up to 23 October 2020). Since 1 September there have been 25 COVID-19 related deaths.

Public Health England has announced a change in the clinical definition of a COVID-19 death. Only deaths within 28 days of a first positive test will be counted. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) continues to count all deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. We'll continue to provide ONS data, as this is the most up-to-date monitoring data we have available locally.

The graph and table below show the weekly deaths in Barnsley due to COVID-19 from week ending 5 June 2020 to week ending 23 October 2020. The graph also shows non-COVID-19 related deaths.

Number of deaths - graph

Number of deaths in Barnsley - 5 June to 23 October

Number of deaths - data table

Week ending Number of COVID-19 related deaths
23 October 2020 15
16 October 2020 3
9 October 2020 3
2 October 2020 2
25 September 2020 1
18 September 2020 0
11 September 2020 0
4 September 2020 1
28 August 2020 1
21 August 2020 0
14 August 0
7 August 2020 0
31 July 2020 1
24 July 2020 1
17 July 2020 0
10 July 2020 2
3 July 2020 3
26 June 2020 6
19 June 2020 4
12 June 2020 8
5 June 2020 10

More information

You can find more statistical information on the websites below.

  • COVID-19 dashboard
    Daily and cumulative data (dating back to March 2020) on the number of tests (nations only), cases (nations, regions, local authorities and middle super output areas)​, healthcare (nations and NHS regions)​ and deaths within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19 (nations and regions)​.
  • National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports
    National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

  • NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics
    Numbers of people tested, people testing positive, time taken for results to become available, numbers of people transferred to the contact tracing service, the time taken for them to be reached, close contacts identified for complex and non-complex cases and the time taken for them to be reached (data for UK and England).

  • Office for National Statistics: deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation
    Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving COVID-19 (where there is any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate). Data for UK nations, regions, local authorities and middle super output areas (MSOA). An MSOA is a small geographical area, with a population of between 5000 and 15,000.