In line with the government’s plans to live with Covid-19, Oldham no longer provides a universal free testing offer for asymptomatic and symptomatic cases.
This means we can no longer provide weekly data for Covid-19 infections, inlcuding the borough’s weekly case rate, number of cases identified, and a breakdown of case by location, age and gender.
However, we are looking to provide a monthly update of the latest related figures for the borough so please continue to check this page for more information.
Updated: Wednesday 30 March 2022
Over the last 7 days (20 – 26 March 2022) Oldham has had 1,023 new cases identified, which is higher than the previous week’s total of 942. This translates to a 7-day rate of 431 per 100,000 population which is currently the lowest rate across Greater Manchester and remains lower than the England rate of 870 per 100,000.
Overall, the total number of confirmed cases in Oldham is now 76,740 with a cumulative rate of 32,294 per 100,000 population.
Weekly infection rate
Over the last 7 days Oldham has a rate of 431 per 100,000 population, which is higher than the rate of 396 for the previous 7 days. Oldham’s rate is now the lowest 7-day rate across Greater Manchester and remains lower than North West and England rates.
|Area Name||Rate per 100,000 in last 7 days|
Age and Gender
Over the last 28 days positive case numbers have increased across all age groups but continue to be highest amongst adults aged 30 to 59 years.
Source: Public Health England
* Gender of 237 people is unknown/other
For the 7-day and 28-day measures, as well as overall, the highest rates per 100,000 population were found amongst the White/White British population.
Source: Public Health England
Over the last 7 days, the ward with the highest case rate per 100,000 was Saddleworth North (777). The ward with the lowest rate was Coldhurst (163).
Over the last 28 days, the ward with the highest rate was Saddleworth North (2,127). The ward with the lowest rate was St Mary’s (554).
Overall, the ward with the highest rate per 100,000 was Saddleworth West & Lees (36,142). The ward with the lowest rate was Alexandra (26,771).
|Ward||7 Day rate per
|28 Day rate per 100,000 population||Overall rate per 100,000 population||Rank
|Saddleworth West and Lees||582||1737||36142||3rd|
Source: Public Health England & Office for National Statistics 2020 Mid-Year Estimates, Calculated by Oldham Council Public Health Intelligence
Please note ranking of wards from highest (1st) to lowest (20th) is only applied to the 28-day measure.
Taking an average over the last 7 days the rate of testing was 169 per 100,000 population per day, which is higher than the 154 per 100,000 reported for the previous seven-day period.
The testing positivity rate over the last 7 days was 21.8% which is higher than the 17.7% reported in the previous seven-day period.
Please note that lateral flow testing for people who do not have symptoms is not currently included in these testing data.
The latest 7-day average (to 29 March) for the number of beds currently occupied with Covid-19 patients is 64 – up from 62 at the end of the previous 7-day period.
- COVID-19 Hospital Activity - NHS website
As of week ending 18 March 2022 there has been a total of 907 COVID-19 deaths to Oldham residents, with two new deaths this week – compared to none in the previous week (week ending 11 March 2022).