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Update from Suffolk County Council

Update Suffolk County Council - 05.08.2020

Please remember to STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES 

 Current UK Alert Level:3

On 19/06/2020 update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level confirmed that the UK COVID-19 alert level has been lowered from risk level 4 to risk level 3.It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.

 

Please note the Government’s messaging is ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ (previously ‘stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’)

Covid Alert Levels

 

Current UK Situation

  • As of 22:39pm on 4th August: 306,293 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK (pillar 1 and pillar 2 testing). Of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, 46,299 have died across all settings. You can view the latest UK dashboard and cases by local authority here
  • Confirmed cases in Suffolk are broken down by Districts & Boroughs as follows.
  • From 2 July, the number of lab-confirmed positive cases now includes those identified by testing in all settings (pillars 1 and 2). Pillar 2 refers to tests in commercial labs working in partnership with the NHS. Previously, only Pillar 1 confirmed cases were included (tests completed in NHS labs). Due to this change many cases previously not attributed to any area are now included in area totals. This is not a recent surge in cases – the cases now being reported occurred from April onwards. As this quality of this data continues to improve, these numbers may continue to fluctuate over time, but overall, case numbers and case rates in Suffolk remain low compared to the East of England and England as a whole. 
  • Compared to the previous briefing (3 August 2020) the cumulative number of cases has increased by 1. This case was added within the last two weeks. These numbers are depicted in the two additional columns shaded in grey below.
  • The Government changed reporting on Tuesday 4 August. Rates are now only given as whole numbers, and are not directly comparable to previous days.

COVID-19 related news from GOV.UK 

Other COVID-related news 

East Anglian Daily Times: Weekend heatwave on the way as doctors issue health warning over 34C temperatures:

  • There are certain groups at particularly high risk, including: that increase an individual’s risk during a heatwave. These include:
    • infants and the elderly (especially those over 75 years old, living alone or in a care home).
    • individuals with chronic and severe illness (including heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory or renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease or severe mental illness).
    • individuals with activities or jobs that are in hot places or outdoors and include high levels of physical exertion (such as organised sports).
  • Individuals are advised to keep out of the hot sun, stay hydrated and avoid too much exertion.

BBC Health:

 

BBC Global News:

  • Australia records another daily record in virus cases, driven by an outbreak in Melbourne, which is under a new lockdown
  • Sri Lankans go to the polls to vote for a new parliament, with virus safety measures in place
  • Global death toll has passed 700,000; more than 11 million people have recovered from the virus

 Suffolk

 Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme for Suffolk Businesses: Apprenticeships Suffolk and Apprenticeships Norfolk are launching a reward package; Recruit | Retain | Reward - providing £1000 grants for businesses taking on new and/or redundant young apprentices, aged 16-24. The new incentive scheme across Suffolk & Norfolk, will complement and further enhance the new government apprenticeship incentives announced recently by the chancellor Rishi Sunak (£2000 for 16-24, £1500 for 25+), and also the existing age incentives of £1000 for 16-18s. (19-24 with Education Health Care Plan). It is hoped that the project, which is sponsored by the East of England Employer Ambassador Apprenticeship Network, will encourage apprenticeship starts across Suffolk and Norfolk, post Covid-19.

For more information click here

Coronavirus cases within care home settings: SCC will be reporting weekly on the number of suspected or confirmed cases within Suffolk care home settings, that Suffolk County Council has been made aware of.  Below is a table showing the number of providers affected and the number of suspected and confirmed cases since reporting began on 21/04/2020. These figures are listed on area basis and will not include the details of any specific care homes. These figures include care homes, extra care housing and supported housing. As a notifiable disease, care homes are required to report any potential or confirmed cases of Coronavirus to Public Health England (PHE) in order that this can be captured as part of the national reporting processes and also for PHE to provide advice and guidance on infection control. Care providers are under no obligation to report suspected or confirmed cases to the county council.

 

19/05/2020

26/05/2020

02/06/2020

09/06/2020

16/06/2020

23/06/2020

30/06/2020

07/07/2020

14/07/2020

21/07/2020

28/07/2020

04/08/2020

 

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

 

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Providers affected

Suspected and confirmed cases

Ipswich and East Suffolk

38

199

30

136

31

119

27

110

22

70

17

54

12

38

10

27

11

28

6

7

 

8

18

           9

12

West Suffolk

19

82

17

73

11

51

10

26

9

15

9

16

10

16

7

12

5

6

5

6

 

7

11

7

8

Waveney

10

71

10

56

11

33

11

29

7

24

4

22

1

6

1

6

0

0

1

1

 

1

1

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

67

352

57

265

53

203

48

165

38

109

30

92

23

60

23

45

16

34

12

14

 

16

30

18

22

                                               

 

 

is sourced from the ONS data set for the number of deaths in care homes involving COVID-19 by date of notification to the Care Quality Commission, Local Authorities in England. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/numberofdeathsincarehomesnotifiedtothecarequalitycommissionengland/2020

Please note: CQC has undertaken data quality improvement in the processing of death notifications. This has resulted in changes to the figures that were previously published as follows:

1.            Place of Death: Previously, there were some deaths which were in the “Not Stated” category. Following the improvement work, these have now been identified with a Place of Death. The largest impact has been in deaths in Care homes.

2.            Covid-19 deaths: The data improvement work has identified additional Covid-19 deaths, which were previously categorised as not Covid deaths. 

To note, the overall published death figures remain unchanged.

Number of deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in care homes during the period 10 April - 31 July 2020.

 

19.06.20

Change from last week

26.06.20

Change from last week

03.07.20

Change from last week

10.07.20

Change from last week

17.07.20

Change from last week

24.07.20

Change from last week

31.07.20

Change from last week

Suffolk

187

0

189

2+

192

3+

193

1+

194

1+

194

0+

194

0

Norfolk

144

1+

145

1+

149

4+

151

2+

151

0+

151

0+

151

0

Cambs+ Peterborough

149

3+

152

3+

152

0+

156

4+

157

1+

157

0+

157

0

Essex

281

6+

284

3+

287

3+

291

4+

293

2+

293

0+

293

0

Hertfordshire

306

2+

311

5+

312

1+

313

1+

318

5+

320

1+

322

2

In Suffolk we are continuing to see a higher percentage of Covid-19 related deaths within care homes compared to some other areas. The reasons for this are complex, but factors we think are contributing to this are more people choosing to die in their usual place of residence and the high number of nursing beds that we have within care homes. These provide care for people with complex care needs who may be coming towards the end of their life and in Suffolk we have very good practices for providing end of life care.

 

What we are seeing is while Suffolk has a higher percentage of Covid-19 related deaths within care homes compared with some other areas, we also have a lower percentage of Covid-19 related deaths within hospitals than some other areas.

Dying within a care home setting is often reflective of a person’s wish to remain in their usual place of residence, in comfortable surroundings with people around them who are familiar, as opposed to being within a hospital setting.

Suffolk’s care homes continue to care for residents with the utmost professionalism and kindness. They are following national guidance regarding social distancing, hygiene standards and the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Testing is available for all care homes, for the entire home including staff and residents who are not displaying any symptoms. With more testing taking place, infection control and prevention measures can be more effective.

Key National Guidance updates

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. We are not including in this table all the published material but some of the key guidance that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.

   

Title 

Who For 

Comments 

UPDATED 

COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

For those planning marriages and civil partnerships

Amended in line with the Prime Minister's statement on 31 July.
 

UPDATED 

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Everyone

Added translated documents in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese CN, Chinese HK, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

UPDATED 

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Everyone

Removed out-of-date guidance for young people.

Useful Websites

  

Title

Who For

Comments

1

NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public

 

2

GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

3

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting

Guidance includes:
- Guidance for the public (incl. social distancing and shielding)
- Guidance for non-clinical settings (incl. cleaning, educational settings, employees, employers, businesses, residential care, supported living and home care)
- Guidance for health professionals
- Infection prevention and control (incl. PPE)
- Sampling and diagnostics

4

Heatwave Plan for England

Professionals

 

5

Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

 

6

Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public

 

7

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) COVID-19 homepage

Professionals

 

8

Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker

Professionals

The tracker compares worldwide government responses to the coronavirus rigorously and consistently. The Oxford team collects information on common policy responses, scores the stringency of such measures, and aggregates these into a Stringency Index.

 Local Resources:

Below are any local resources that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.  

 

Title

Who For

Comments

 

Public Health Suffolk’s COVID19 RADAR (Research Action Digest And Review)

Professionals

Weekly summary of COVID-19 related research evidence that is relevant to the Suffolk system, makes recommendations for consideration, and aims to ensure research evidence is rapidly disseminated and turned into local action.

 

Public Health Suffolk’s Coronawatch Dashboard

Everyone

Access to national and local data including confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), deaths from coronavirus, Care home outbreaks and Google social mobility data from the dashboard along with a series of briefings which have been produced on related topics, all from publicly available sources.

 

Mobile Testing Units in Suffolk

Everyone

It is important that anyone with coronavirus symptoms gets tested. Mobile testing units are mobilised by the Ministry of Defence and regularly appear across Suffolk. Please share details of the testing sites with your local community – see under Where can I get tested in Suffolk?

 

Support from the Suffolk Growth Programme Board (SGPB)

Everyone

SGPB is a partnership of all Suffolk local authorities, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, University of Suffolk and New Anglia LEP. In Suffolk our Economy & business recovery work for COVID-19 is being led by SGPB and the website includes links to funding / surveys / economic impact work. Please do pass this information on to your contacts.

 

Suffolk Domestic Abuse 24/7 Helpline – Freephone 0800 977 5690

Everyone

The freephone number is live from 9am on Friday 22nd May 2020 for anyone with concerns including professionals who may be supporting clients as well as friends and family members who are concerned for loved ones.

 

New Anglia: Employment Opportunities in Key Sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk  

Individuals and Businesses wanting to know what employment opportunities are available in some of our key sectors

The New Anglia LEP - alongside other partners including local authorities - have pulled together lists and links to key employment roles needed now as part of the response to the current crisis.

 

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership

Everyone

The website aims to help everyone understand the signs of neglect or abuse and what to do if they are worried about a child or an adult.

 

NEW ANGLIA GROWTH HUB

Businesses needing support

­

A one stop shop source of information for government support and guidance available to  businesses including 121 business advice sources of business grants and loans.

 

Healthy Suffolk: COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Information Hub

Everyone

This page contains links to a wealth of resources and support for your health and wellbeing.

 

Suffolk County Council: Coronavirus information

Everyone

Suffolk County Council coronavirus (COVID-19) information, including health advice, service changes, business support and schools guidance.

 

Keep Moving Suffolk

Everyone

The website contains free resources, ideas, tips, useful links and positive stories to encourage people to stay active during these unprecedented times.  The website and our social channels will be constantly updated.