COVID-19 update: 18th February 2022

COVID-19 update 18 February 2022

 

 

 

 

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Key messages

  • From Monday 21 February 2022, the Gloucestershire Community Help Hub will no longer be available. Thank you to everyone who helped promote the helpline when it was set up at the start of the pandemic, and thank you to all volunteers who signed up to help our communities via the portal.
  • The UKHSA is now reporting ‘episodes of Covid’ rather than positive cases. Data will now include those who have had the virus more than once. Keep up to date by checking the national dashboard regularly.
  • Following an announcement on 31 January by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the legislation for mandatory vaccinations for some health and social care staff is being reconsidered. The consultation has closed. As we wait for more information from government, if you had planned to get vaccinated, we encourage you to do so.
  • Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and friends from the virus. There is still time to come forward and take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccination. In Gloucestershire 90% of over 16 year olds have had a first dose, and it’s not too late to change your mind. There are three ways you can do this: 
    • At a GP-led community vaccination centre – you will receive an invite from local GP services to book an appointment
    • At a community pharmacy or the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital JabVan - book via the National Booking System (or call 119)
    • Visit a drop-in clinic.
  • The vaccination programme for 12 to 15-year-olds has restarted in Gloucestershire's secondary schools, and parents will get more details directly from schools. Children aged 12 to 15 are also be able to attend a drop-in vaccination site with a parent or guardian.
  • Self-isolation is still a legal requirement if you have COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative with a rapid test on day 5 and day 6.
  • About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Take a rapid lateral flow test before meeting up with friends and family – especially those who are vulnerable. You can collect tests from most pharmacies with a code - find out more online.
  • Find out more about the latest Covid guidance by visiting the Government website.

Testing

In the preceding 30 days of reporting (15 January - 14 February) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 425,904 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 9.32% of these were positive. 

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

  • Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday - Friday)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday - Friday)
  • Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Friday)
  • Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Wednesday-Thursday) - Lydney will not be deployed 18 Feb due to severe weather warnings
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Cinderford  RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
  • Cheltenham North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
  • Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Monday-Tuesday)
  • Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)

There are still 2 MTU units off road which is impacting on coverage throughout the County and is being supported by a Strategic Reserve unit which is assisting in covering locations.

Permanent Testing Site Locations 

PCR Testing Sites

Gloucester RTS

Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

Cheltenham LTS

Coronation Square, Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, GL51 7RG

Stroud LTS

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF

You can book a test here for one of these sites if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. 

Assisted Testing in Pharmacies (LFD)

You can see which pharmacies you can take a rapid test at if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

LFD Home Test Collection

Anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed, including some pharmacies and local libraries.

LFD Home Test Delivery                    

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a test kit to your home.

Outbreaks

In the last 7 days, there have been 3 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.

18/02/2022

Gloucestershire COVID-19 stats

Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority (Please open in Google Chrome)

Cases

  • In week 7 (Monday 7th February - Sunday 13th February) there were 5,165 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

    • 1,159 were in Gloucester
    • 1,077 were in Cheltenham
    • 944 were in Tewkesbury
    • 835 were in Stroud
    • 612 were in Forest of Dean
    • 538 were in Cotswold

From 31 January 2022, UKHSA  moved all COVID-19 case reporting in England to use a new episode-based definition which includes possible reinfections.

Infection episodes will be counted separately if there are at least 90 days between positive test results. Each episode begins with the earliest positive specimen date. If someone has another positive specimen within 90 days of the last one, this is included in the same episode. If they have another positive specimen more than 90 days after the last one, this is counted in a separate episode (a possible reinfection episode).

This means the number of cases reported in the early warning indicators and national comparator report  will be higher than those reported in previously, as individuals who have been reinfected are now counted more than once.

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ as at 16:00 16/02/2022)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 1229.1 in Gloucestershire, 1088.4 in the South West, and 907.6 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

  •  In week 5 (Saturday 29th January – Friday 4th February) there were 15 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 13.0% of all deaths, this compares with 4 (4.1% of all deaths) in Week 4

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 12th February they are provisional and will be subject to change.  They include deaths that make any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate.    (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 - 764 (9 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

 

National updates

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

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 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.

⁵ Pillar 2 swab testing is available for the wider population, as set out in government guidance. It does not include inpatients and frontline healthcare workers.

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.

⁷ Confirmed – this means a laboratory confirmed case of Covid19 from that setting. Suspected – this means there has been someone reporting Covid19 symptoms (new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)) from the setting and swab result is awaited. Outbreak - An outbreak is where two or more persons with the confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are linked through common exposure, personal characteristics, time or location. Incident - An incident is any event involving COVID-19 which presents a real or possible risk to the health of the public and requires urgent investigation and management.

8 High risk settings are places where individuals live in close proximity to each other or are particularly vulnerable. These include care homes, supported living, student accommodation, homeless accommodation and schools. This would not include single cases in hospital settings.

Specimen date range used is 4 days before today and includes the preceding 7 days. This is due to the time it takes for a specimen to be taken, processed and notified (average 4 days) 

 

 

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