THE number of coronavirus patients being treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital continues to decline, new figures show.

Today August 13, the number of patients at the hospital was confirmed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to include 32 people.

The health board began publishing these figures in the wake of localised spikes in Wrexham centred on the hospital.

At its highest, so far, the hospital had between 70 and 80 patients with confirmed cases of the virus on July 28 and numbers have steadily fallen over recent weeks.

There are also a small number of cases at the community hospital in Deeside – but, due to the risk of identifying patients, the health board has previously said they will not be providing specific numbers for the three sites.

Measures taken to reduce the risk of transmission include screening all patients at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. All staff have access to PPE, and all staff who are working in an area with a confirmed case are being tested, in accordance with national guidance.

Gill Harris, executive director of nursing and midwifery at BCUHB, said: “As of this morning there are 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. We have not seen any new confirmed COVID-19 cases at the hospital in the last five days.

“There remains a small number of cases at Deeside Community Hospital.

“Please continue to follow the guidance set by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, and wear a mask or face-covering if visiting any of our sites.

“Signs to look out for include a new continuous cough, high temperature, and a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell."