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Staff member from a Northamptonshire hospital seriously ill with Covid-19

A staff member from one of Northampton’s two hospitals is seriously ill with Covid-19.

The sad news was made public by Alan Burns, chairman of both Kettering and Northampton hospitals, at a virtual health and wellbeing board meeting on Tuesday (May 12).

Some Rutland patients are known to have been treated in Northamptonshire at Kettering General Hospital.

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The news of another health worker who is fighting for their life comes after Northampton General domestic supervisor Joanna Klenczon, 34, sadly died on April 9 from Covid-19.

Father of four Augustine Agyei-Mensah , who worked for mental health and community care provider Northamptonshire Health Foundation Trust, also died after contracting the virus.

The death of healthcare staff, who have been working in close proximity with Covid positive patients, has been one of the biggest sadnesses of the pandemic, with Britain now the second worst country in the world for deaths from the virus.

Mr Burns said: “We sadly had one death in our staff and that is undoubtedly a low point. Staff are undoubtedly very frightened. We have had a number of staff who have been seriously ill, one who still is seriously ill.

“On the other hand, as a county we got away in the middle of the pack. We are not the West Midlands, we are not Cumbria, we are not South Essex, on the other hand we are not Lincolnshire or Cornwall.

So the staff are frightened and that leads us to the recovery exercise. There is a big effect on staff. A lot have not had days off for quite a long time. As we move into a "slightly easier phase" we will be trying to give our staff a lot of time off and increasing our allowance for how many staff can be off at one time. Partly to prepare them for whatever comes in the winter. Partly because they need a break.”

Local health boards are not releasing data about the number of people who have been admitted to Northamptonshire’s two hospitals with the virus, but there are deaths being recorded on most days and more patients being admitted for care. Kettering General set up a special room for staff to go and take a break when they were feeling overwhelmed by the situations they are having to cope with.

Across the country more than 160 health workers and care staff have so far lost their lives in the epidemic which official records show has killed 33,614 to date.

Latest figures show that 417 have died in the county’s two hospitals and up until May 8, a further 81 had died in the county’s care homes, with numbers still rising.

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