COVID-19 update - 27 May 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 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
Firstly, can I say a huge thank you to everyone working over the bank holiday weekend. I know things continue to be very busy for everyone but your support is much appreciated.

The government has announced the start of a major new national antibody testing programme. We will be sharing further details about this from our ICS Covid-19 Testing Strategic Group on Friday as well as information about the test and trace system which will begin tomorrow.

We know there is evidence of disproportionate mortality and morbidity amongst black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, including our health and care staff, who have contracted COVID-19. A plan setting out the key areas of focus for NHS England and NHS Improvement addressing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff has now been published and can be found here.

Finally, we understand that tomorrow night will be the tenth and final #clapforcarers which will give us all one last opportunity to come together and thank our colleagues and other key workers for all they have done to look after us all and our loved ones during these difficult times.

As always our thoughts are with those affected by this and especially those that have sadly lost loved ones during the pandemic.

Keep up the great work everyone.

Best wishes,


Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
NHS England/Improvement statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) on 27 May 2020
A further 183 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,049.

Patients were aged between 43 and 101 years old. Two of the 183 patients (aged 81 and 91) had no known underlying health condition. Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

East of England 38
London 15
Midlands 38
North East & Yorkshire 24
North West 44
South East 17
South West 7

NHS England and NHS Improvement publish the number of patients who have died in hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 in England. Since Tuesday 28 April, NHS England and NHS Improvement also reports the number of patient deaths where there has been no COVID-19 positive test result, but where COVID-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part 1 or part 2 of the death certification process. This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on 24 April and subsequently.

This means the NHS England and NHS Improvement data collection provides information on all COVID related (suspected and confirmed) deaths in England hospitals.

Today, 24 deaths are reported with no positive COVID-19 test result.

Additional data, including listings by Trust and date of death is available on the NHS England website and can be accessed here.