"The festive period and the early days of the new year have been hugely challenging for us at OUH with an exponential rise in the number of COVID positive patients admitted to our hospitals. The number of COVID positive inpatients at OUH increased from 88 on 18 December to 261 by last Wednesday 6 January.
"Elective (non-urgent, planned) inpatient and daycase activity at OUH has been postponed, where appropriate, in order to focus on urgent and emergency care for COVID and non-COVID patients and to enable the redeployment of staff to treat this cohort of patients.
"We would like to thank all staff who have pulled together and shown great flexibility as clinical areas have been converted for use with COVID positive patients and staff have been redeployed in some cases as part of our OneTeamOneOUH response."
The Level 2 Cold Weather Alert has now been extended to Friday 8th Jan.
Cold weather can increase health risks so it's important to look out for those who are more vulnerable in low temperatures.