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COVID-19 update - 2 April 2020

This bulletin provides important information for people working in health and care across the North East and North Cumbria regarding guidance and actions being co-ordinated across our region to care for patients, staff and our communities in the light of COVID-19. This is a fast-moving and evolving situation. We will do our best to keep you updated daily with the latest information and key decisions from the Strategic Health Command Group. This group is led by Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System. If you have any questions or would like us to send vital information to partners through this bulletin, please contact us here.
Message from Alan Foster
Alan Foster
As you will be aware further guidance was issued yesterday about increasing capacity to enable more testing of staff and patients. You can read the letter from NHS England/Improvement here.

The letter includes the immediate lifting of the 15 per cent cap, which was reserved for NHS key workers who were in quarantine, and that all organisations should now ramp-up their testing programmes. An ICS approach to the criteria for prioritising staff testing and managing capacity is being co-ordinated by our pathology laboratories. We have been able expand some of our lab capacity already but there is more to do. Thank you to everyone who has been working incredibly hard to make this happen. A key issue for some of our laboratories has been access to reagents and we have had assurances that the national team is addressing this.

This evening new guidance has been issued on personal protective equipment (PPE) which states that all patients should be assumed to be COVID-19 positive. This means that in clinical areas across all settings (acute, primary and community) staff will move to wearing gloves, apron and a face mask when they are within two metres of a patient. I know organisations will be working hard to sort the logistics of implementing this and I hope it provides assurance to front-line teams.

As we mentioned in a previous bulletin a national agreement has now been reached with independent sector providers to enable us to use their resources and increase capacity. Trusts in our region are now in discussions with their own local independent sector hospitals about how best to deploy resources such as staff, equipment and additional beds. At the same time, we are discussing how the independent sector can support the ongoing delivery of key services to patients (who don’t have COVID-19) such as cancer diagnostics and treatment.

After an incredible response last week #ClapForOurCarers will now be a weekly event, taking place every Thursday at 8pm. Share and spread the word to help show appreciation to health and care staff for their ongoing hard work.

The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend so across our social media channels we will be reminding people not to be tempted to travel to local beauty spots and to stay at home to save lives. Please help us spread the word,

Thank you for all that you are doing. As ever, our thoughts are with those affected, especially those who have lost loved ones.

Best wishes,
Alan

Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
Other news and guidance

NHS England/Improvement statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) – 2 April 2020
A further 561 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 2,698. Patients were aged between 22 and 100 years old. 44 of the 561 patients (aged between 25 and 100 years old) had no known underlying health condition. Their families have been informed. Figures for trusts in North East and North Cumbria are below. For further information please contact the NHS England and NHS Improvement media team on nhsengland.media@nhs.net or 01138 250958/9. More information can be found here.

CO. DURHAM & DARLINGTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 18 (2 X 28/3; 3 X 30/3; 9 X 29/3; 1 X 21/3; 1 X 26/3; 2 X 27/2)
GATESHEAD HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 8 (1 X 28/3; 7 X 29/3)
NORTH CUMBRIA INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 4 ( 1 X 30/3; 3 X 1/4)
NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 5 (2 X 29/3; 3 X 30/3)
NORTHUMBRIA HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 3 (1 X 31/3; 2 X 1/4)
SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 15 (5 X 29/3; 4 X 30/3; 6 X 1/4)
SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 8 (2 X 30/3 6 X 1/4)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 2 (1 X 30/3; 1 X 31/3) 4 (22.03; 27.03; 29.03 x 2)


  • From the afternoon of Thursday 2nd April data information will be available on the Statistical area of the NHS England Website here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/
  • From Friday 3rd April we will be announcing number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by NHS England region. Data by trust and date will be available on the Statistical area of the NHS England website.
  • Below are the details of additional cases that were omitted from the NHS England and NHS Improvement notice yesterday as there were details outstanding. They were not included in the NHS England and NHS Improvement notice but were counted in the overall figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care. COUNTY DURHAM AND DARLINGTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: 3 (26.03, 27.03 x 2)
New ‘Act Like You’ve Got It, Anyone Can Spread It’ assets
A new set of assets featuring a revised creative (red and yellow) are now available. These resources stress the importance of staying at home and can be used in conjunction with other public information resources found on the Campaign Resource Centre. The key messages are:

IF YOU GO OUT, YOU CAN SPREAD IT. PEOPLE WILL DIE.
ACT LIKE YOU’VE GOT IT, ANYONE CAN SPREAD IT.
ANYONE CAN GET IT, ANYONE CAN SPREAD IT.

The Local Government Association is hosting useful coronavirus information on their website to aid local authorities. The site includes links to government as well as bespoke local authority material.

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