More than 1,700 people believed to have caught coronavirus in Welsh hospitals
More than 1,700 people are believed to have contracted Covid-19 while they were in Welsh hospitals.
New figures from the Welsh Government show that, at the height of the pandemic in Wales, almost 300 people caught coronavirus in hospital in one week.
In total 1,172 people definitely caught the virus with 612 more probably catching it while in hosptial.
Of these 1,784 people almost half (858) people caught the virus in the space of just four weeks between March 30 and April 26.
At this time Wales was suffering from chronic and dangerous shortages of basic PPE equipment with many staff dying while there was a lack of safety gear.
Some staff died after having to treat Covid-postive patients with just a paper mask, plastic gloves, and pinny with many more going to on social media to appeal for donations.
A survey conducted by The Royal College of Nursing revealed just 44% agreed that correct personal protective equipment was always available to keep them safe with 74% of respondents said they felt their personal health was in jeopardy in the pandemic due to their clinical role. Almost all (92%) were worried about risks to their family members.
The amount of hospital-based infection has dropped dramatically across Wales from its peak and hospitals are now far safer than two months ago. However Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has seen a 31 new hospital cases in the week ending July 19, making up 44% of the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Wales in that time.
What parts of Wales were worst hit?
As you would expect the areas with the highest numbers of confirmed cases also saw the greatest degree of hospital transmission. Swansea Bay University Health Board saw the highest amount of cases in one week in mid-April with 70 cases while Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, the original epicentre of the virus in Wales, saw more than 60 hospital infections in the week ending March 22.(Image: PHW)
How is the data worked out?
The figure is calculated by looking at how long after someone was admitted to hospital they tested positive for the virus.
If someone tested positive after being in hospital for more than 14 days they are classified as "definite hospital onset".
If they test positive after seven days but before 15 days they are classified as "probable hospital onset".
If they test positive after two days but before eight they are classified as "indeterminate hospital onset".
If they test positive within two days they are classified as "not hospital onset".
The figures in this article include both definite and probable cases.