A critical incident declared on January 4th at Lincoln County Hospital has been stood down due to "the outstanding efforts of staff and partners across the system".
The introduction of the highest alert level followed a surge in patients requiring admission and staffing shortages in some areas. The suspension of patient visiting in all but exceptional cases continues.United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust deputy chief executive Mark Brassington praised the 'outstanding efforts' of staff and said the public could still help ensuring they follow government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Data studies suggested at least two incidents of the new variant have been found in Lincolnshire, however health bosses have not had any official figures.
Lincolnshire's infection rates are currently below the England average with just two districts - Lincoln and South Kesteven - sitting above the county average.
Councillor Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said:
As of Monday, there have been 501 new coronavirus cases and five COVID-related deaths in Lincolnshire.
There were 407 new recorded cases in the county, 54 in North Lincolnshire and 40 in North East Lincolnshire.
NHS England reported five new local hospital deaths on Monday, including three at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and two at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust.
Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire as of Monday, January 4
26,707 in Lincolnshire (up 407)
6,356 in North Lincolnshire (up 54)
6,224 in North East Lincolnshire (up 40)
523 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up two)
23 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
337 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up three)