THE latest number of positive coronavirus cases at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital has been released.

Gill Harris, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said as of this morning (July 30), there were 63 confirmed Covid-19 cases at the Maelor.

However this number is expected to fluctuate throughout the day as test results are received.

She added: “We have had a high incidence of patients contracting COVID-19 at the hospital in recent weeks and people are understandably anxious about this. We would encourage anyone with concerns to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Support Service on 03000 851 234 or email: BCU.PALS@wales.nhs.uk.

"We are confident that the infection prevention measures we have put in place are helping to reduce hospital transmission. The majority of new cases identified in the past few days have been as a result of community transmission of the virus.

“We continue to have a small number of confirmed cases at Deeside Community Hospital, Chirk Hospital, and Mold Community Hospital. Due to the risk of identifying patients, we will not be providing specific numbers for the three sites. A number of measures have been put in place to help these community hospitals manage the risk of COVID-19.

“As part of a proactive approach at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, we have instigated universal screening for all patients on wards where we may or have had a COVID-19 positive patient. This is in addition to screening every patient admitted to our hospitals. All patients who test positive are appropriately isolated and all infection prevention and control measures are in place. All staff have access to the appropriate PPE, and staff who have worked in an environment where we have a confirmed positive cluster have also been tested, in accordance with national guidance.

“As we continue with this proactive approach we expect to find more cases in patients and staff who are not currently symptomatic. This is crucial as it will provide a transparent and accurate picture of the current situation, enabling us to safely manage patients and prevent any unknown potential transmission."

Residents are being asked to avoid visiting hospital sites if they have symptoms, no matter how mild.

Gill Harris said: “We continue to ask for the public’s help in managing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We want to limit the number of visitors to our hospital sites and as hospital visiting is still suspended, we are asking that you only have someone accompany you if necessary. If you are unable to attend an appointment please notify us as soon as possible.

“Please continue to follow the public health guidance around regular hand washing and following social distancing guidance to help prevent transmission of the virus.

“We continue to ask patients, the public and staff to wear face coverings in public areas of our hospitals.

“Mobile testing centres continue to be available at Caia Park Health Centre (Prince Charles Road) and Hightown Community Resource Centre (Fusilier Way). People will be able to get a test without booking by attending either site between 9am and 6pm for the next few days. Anyone who is concerned they have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, should get tested.

“Testing will help us to identify positive cases of COVID-19 in our communities, and support people in self-isolating to prevent the spread of the virus. If you aren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can still play your part by continuing to follow the guidance on hand hygiene, social distancing, and the latest advice from Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government.”