COVID-19 update: 4th March 2022

COVID-19 update 04 March 2022

 

 

 

 

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Key messages

  • On 1 March, the Government announced the result of their consultation looking at the need for vaccinations as a condition of deployment. Regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination to work in Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes to be lifted from 15 March. Legal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed from 1 April to be removed. Find out more on the Government website.
  • As England moves to the next phase of living with COVID-19, the Government will continue to rely on the public to adapt their behaviour. You can reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:
    • Getting vaccinated
    • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
    • Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people they do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
    • Trying to stay at home if unwell
    • Taking a test if displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if testing positive
    • Washing hands and following advice to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”
  • Read more about the Government plan for Living with Covid-19.
  • From Thursday 24 February, COVID-19 guidance is changing:
    • You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Adults and children who test positive continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. Guidance for health and social care settings has not yet changed and people should refer to gov.uk for guidance.
    • Routine contact tracing will end. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.
    • The legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate will end.
  • 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.

Find out more about the latest Covid guidance by visiting the Government website.

Testing

In the preceding 30 days of reporting (29 January - 28 February) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 207,989 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 14.61% 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 (Friday, Wednesday-Friday)
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday, Wednesday)
  • 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)

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 2 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.

04/03/2022

Gloucestershire COVID-19 stats

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

Cases

  • In week 8 (Monday 21st February - Sunday 27th February) there were 3,059  confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

    • 645 were in Cheltenham
    • 575 were in Stroud
    • 569 were in Gloucester
    • 561 were in Tewkesbury
    • 359 were in Forest of Dean
    • 350 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 02/03/2022)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 689.3 in Gloucestershire, 621.2 in the South West, and 444.3 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

  •  In week 7 (Saturday 12th January – Friday 18th February) there were 7 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 6.4% of all deaths, this compares with 11 (9.6% of all deaths) in Week 6

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 26th 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.   

We are now looking at the CQC data on a monthly basis.

As previously  the data is limited with no breakdown to district level and limited time series. In addition it only includes those who were resident in and died in a care home, so it does not include those residents in care homes who died in hospitals.

It is worth noting that in the week ending the 25th February there were 2 deaths from COVID19 in care homes this was lower than the previous  week  when the CQC data showed 7 deaths mentioning COVID19. Since the CQC started reporting (10th April 2020) there have been 453 deaths from COVID19 in care homes in Gloucestershire. 

We have:

  • Looked at how the weekly deaths of residents in care homes compares to the five year average. It is worth noting that there is a slight difference in the CQC data provides death by data of notification not when they actually occurred and the 5 year average looks at data of death. The number of deaths in the week ending the 25th February was lower than the 5 year average for the same period.
  • Looked at how we compare to statistical and nearest neighbours when expressed as a rate per 1,000 care beds. This again has limitations in that it will not reflect occupancy levels but is the best available. It shows when compared to our statistical neighbours Gloucestershire has  the second highest rate of deaths from COVID19, the rate is lower than  Leicestershire, but this difference is not significant.
  • When compared to nearest neighbours Gloucestershire has the fourth lowest rate of deaths with only Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire having lower rates.

Deaths in NHS Trusts² - 779 (8 new).

Key links

National Guidance 

General NHS advice

Latest advice and developments from Gloucestershire NHS

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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