COVID-19 update: 18th December 2020

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Key messages

  • New Campaign Launched: "2020 is nearly over – but COVID isn’t.’’ We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Christmas that they deserve - whilst remembering that although 2020 might nearly be over, COVID isn’t. This campaign comes as a response to the rising number of infections in Gloucestershire and the lead up to Christmas. Please look out for our striking red image on social media and share where possible with your own contacts. We are advertising this message across the county in as many places as possible; online, with ad-vans, supermarket screens, lamp post leaflets and in newspapers.
  • Christmas Bubbles between the 23rd and 27th December: You can choose to form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ with people from no more than three households. To help keep yourself and others your friends and family safe, you should keep your bubbles small, maintain as much distance as possible and avoid staying overnight if you don’t have to. Full information on Christmas Bubbles on the uk website
  • Gloucestershire remains under Tier 2 restrictions: Gloucestershire is subject to Government’s Tier 2 restrictions until the 23 December and again after 28 December. We have scheduled ‘reminder’ social media posts between Christmas and New Year, in the hope that it encourages people to follow the Tier 2 guidance during the festive period outside of Christmas Bubbles. 
  • 'Letters to Father Christmas' videos from members of the community will appear on our social media channels in the lead up for Christmas, launching today 18 December at 4pm. We aim to raise awareness of things people have missed doing this year and that they want to get back to in 2021, in turn reminding them to follow the guidance. A 'positive' toned message.
  • Tier 2 and Christmas bubble myth busting quizzes will also run over the festive period on social media.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶:

  • Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (21, 22, 29, 30 December and 4 and 5 January)
  • Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (28 December and 4 & 8 January)
  • Cheltenham North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (23, 29, 30 December and 5 & 6 January)
  • Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF (17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 31 December and 1 & 6 January)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 December and 2 & 3 January)
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (21, 22 December and 9 & 10 January)·        
  • Tewkesbury RFC, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PG (24 & 31 December and  1 January)
  • Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (18 & 28 December and 6 & 7 January)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (25, 26, 27 December and 2 & 3 January)
  • Sudeley Castle, Castle Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5JD (7 January)

National updates

  1. Guidance for the Christmas period
  2. A change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days has been announced
  3. Sharp rise in coronavirus numbers and a new variant
  4. More than 137,000 people in UK receive first dose of COVID vaccine in one week
  5. Business as usual for NHS Test and Trace over Christmas
  6. Community testing offer rolled out to highest risk Tier 2 areas
  7. People with long-term health conditions urged to get flu vaccine before Christmas
  8. COVID-19 isolation having detrimental impact on children’s education and welfare, particularly the most vulnerable

18 December 2020

Gloucestershire Covid-19 stats

Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority

In week 49 (Monday 30th November– Sunday 6th December) there were 886 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

  • 279 were in Gloucester
  • 184 were in the Forest of Dean
  • 147 were in Stroud
  • 106 were in Cheltenham
  • 91 were in Tewkesbury
  • 79 were in Cotswold   

Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: as at 18:04 16/12/2020)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 139.7 in Gloucestershire, 98.5 in the South West, and 216.8 in England.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

In week 49 (Saturday 28th   November  – Friday 4th December) there were 27 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 23.5% of all deaths, this compares with 22 (20.2% of all deaths) in Week 48

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 12th December, they are provisional and will be subject to change.  They include deaths that make any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate.    (Source: Source: Weekly provisional figures on deaths occurring and registered in England and Wales by Local Authority)

Please note the dates above, the ONS weeks run from Saturday- Friday and we are unable to change this.   

Deaths in NHS Trusts² - 352 (22 new)

Deaths in care homes⁴ - 289 (5 new)

Key links

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Gloucestershire's Community Help Hub

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Looking after your wellbeing

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¹ The above data reflects nationally published data available here.

² This section contains information on deaths of patients who have died in hospitals in Gloucestershire and had tested positive for Covid-19 at time of death or where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. All deaths are recorded against the date of death rather than the date the deaths were announced. It is based on national NHS data published here

³ Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales for which data are available. From 31 March 2020 these figures also show the number of deaths involving coronavirus (Covid-19), based on any mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate. Figures by place of death may differ to previously published figures  due to improvements in the way we code place of death. This figure does not include deaths of those resident outside England and Wales or those records where the place of residence is either missing or not yet fully coded. For this reason counts may differ to published figures when summed. Bank Holidays could affect the number of registrations made within those weeks.

⁴ Care homes vary in size and in the characteristics of their residents. Outbreak data is also being reported publicly here: The figures here are slightly lower than our local figures due to a time lag. The number of cases (confirmed or suspected) has not been reported due to limitations in data accuracy which means comparison is not possible. This information is being used for operational purposes. As testing in care homes increases we will review whether adding this information will add additional strategic insight.

⁵ CQC publish figures on deaths where Covid-19 was suspected in the notification from the care home, as well as all cause mortality (since 10 April 2020). It is probable that not all deaths due to Covid-19 will be notified as such, conversely Covid-19 may be mentioned but not have been a contributory factor in a death). While CQC numbers are more comprehensive than local reporting, they are not currently reported by district council.

⁶ Please note that there is a possibility of last minute changes if the MTU’s are diverted to assist with outbreak control both in this county or elsewhere.