COVID-19 update: 23rd October 2020

 

 

 

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Key messages

  • On Monday 19 October, we launched the six-step plan for Gloucestershire focusing on protecting our most vulnerable residents, increasing enforcement action and, a call to us all to work together, and for each other, by following the public health guidance. Take a look at the media release
  • The legal notice to prevent the Stow Fair from going ahead was served using the county council's powers under Covid-19 regulations on Tuesday 20 October. See media release here.
  • Covid-19 doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled this year, but with cases continuing to creep up in the county, residents are been urged to find fun, alternative, ways to celebrate safely. This might include a pumpkin trail, transforming your home into a haunted house and more – as well as remembering the main public health advice around hands, face and space, and sticking to the rule of six. Messages around how to have a Covid-safe Halloween will go out from next week. Please share them if you follow our social media channels.
  • We announced the Extra £6.6m to help county’s care providers prevent the spread of Covid-19. Read more here.
  • Household Recycling Centres will move to normal winter opening hours from 25 October (10am - 4pm) Read more here.
  • Two schools are taking part in a School Streets trial which will start on 2 November. It will improve air quality and create more space for social distancing at drop of and pick up times. Read more here.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶:

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

National updates

For all coronavirus guidance, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

23 October 2020

Gloucestershire Covid-19 stats

Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority

In week 42 (Monday 12 October – Sunday 18 October) there were 374 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these cases:

  • 94 were in Gloucester
  • 71 were in Cheltenham
  • 63 were in Stroud
  • 52 were in Cotswold
  • 47 were in the Forest of Dean
  • 47 were in Tewkesbury

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ as at 16:43 21/10/2020)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 58.5 in Gloucestershire, 82.7 in the South West, and 168.8 in England. 

In week 41 (Saturday 3rd – Friday 9th October) there were 2 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 1.9% of all deaths, this compares with 1 (0.9% of all deaths) in Week 40

Deaths in NHS Trusts² - 232 (1 new)

Deaths in care homes⁴ - 265 (0 new)

Key links

National Guidance 

General NHS advice

Latest advice and developments from Gloucestershire NHS 

Gloucestershire's Community Help Hub

Council service updates

Make an adult social care referral 

Business advice and support

Looking after your wellbeing

Support for children and families during Covid-19

 

Your questions answered

To make sure your questions get answered promptly by the team, please continue to send your questions directly to democratic.services@gloucestershire.gov.uk

What measures or communications plans are in place to prevent people congregating on Halloween or Bonfire Night – and what thoughts have been given to messaging around congregating/family gatherings at Christmas?

We recognise that there are number of popular holidays taking place over the next few weeks and months, and whilst typically these events involve large gatherings and social mixing, minimising the transmission of Covid-19 must be our top priority this autumn and winter.

For Halloween, we will be encouraging people to find alternative, fun but safe ways, to mark the occasion pushing messages out through social media, partners and community groups – similarly with Bonfire night we are conscious that people will want to get together, but the advice will remain to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing, adhere to the rule of six and wear face coverings indoors, in line with national guidance. It may be that further guidance is published in which case our messaging will reflect any changes.

With regards to Christmas  - this will be driven by the ever-changing situation surrounding Covid nationally, and locally, but the core messages will remain the same. We will continue to work closely with our local colleagues  (e.g. our environmental health colleagues / covid compliance officers, and venues) to remind local businesses and residents of the importance of taking the necessary precautions to reduce the spread of Covid-19 during these festivities.

 

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/covid-19-number-of-outbreaks-in-care-homes-management-information. 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.

 

 

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