The Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it had 145 Covid-positive patients on its wards on Thursday (29 October), the highest number ever in the crisis.
A sudden increase in admissions has pushed the number of Covid-19 patients in a regional hospital trust above the level of the first wave peak.
Warrington and Halton Hospitals now have more Covid-19 patients on their wards than at any time during the first wave.
Of the coronavirus patients at Warrington and Halton, 17 are currently in intensive care.
The total number is significantly higher than the previous peak of 124 Covid 19 patients treated on April 12, following 24 coronavirus admissions between Wednesday and Thursday.
Nevertheless, the number of coronavirus patients in the Trust has increased by a quarter in the past week.
The increase in admissions comes against a background of an increase in Covid 19 cases at Warrington and a stabilization of infection rates at Halton.
Last week, Warrington’s infection rate increased by nearly 20% to 416.6 cases per 100,000 population, while Halton’s increased by only 1.4% to 334.6 cases per 100,000 population.
Hospitals have also reported 20 deaths from the virus over the same period, up from 11 the previous week.
Last week, the city’s main hospital stated that it was treating more coronavirus patients than during the peak of the first wave in April.
The pattern at Warrington and Halton Hospitals reflects the pattern seen in other parts of the Liverpool City region.
At the time, the Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr Tristan Cope, twittered: “The treatment of so many Covid patients in addition to the usual acute and emergency care for patients with non-covid diseases places an enormous burden on the staff of Liv Hospitals.
“We can all help to reduce this pressure by doing the right thing and taking some very simple measures: frequent hand washing, keeping distance from other people outside our homes and wearing face protection indoors.
“We would like to thank all our employees for their incredibly hard work and dedication in overcoming this very difficult situation.