COVID-19 update - 12 June 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
As you know, from Monday the public will be asked to wear face coverings when attending hospital and all hospital staff will also be required to wear face masks. We have issued this press release, urging the public to plan ahead and have face coverings available to wear when they attend hospital. I know a lot of organisations are sharing information and helping to get the message out to the public through their own channels.

The guidance advises that all hospital staff, including clinical (medical, nursing, allied health, diagnostics) and non-clinical (administration, on-site contractors, porters, volunteers, cleaning, catering), must wear a type I or type II face mask (or type IIR if more available) at all times when not otherwise required to use PPE. At the time of writing guidance is also expected for primary care settings.

Visitors and patients coming to hospital for planned and outpatient care will need to wear face coverings to further reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to other patients and staff. Visitors and patients are strongly urged to have their own face coverings.

We are delighted to let you know that the ICS Prevention Board has decided to fund media campaign to encourage people to stop smoking. The ‘Quit For Covid’ campaign will cover the whole of the North East and North Cumbria and goes live on Monday. This follows emerging evidence that smoking increases the risks of developing life threatening complications from COVID-19, alongside the already-known risks of smoking – weakened immune systems, heart disease, pneumonia, COPD, stroke and cancer.

Carers Week 2020 has taken place this week and recognises the amazing contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society. I would like to place on record my thanks to all the carers across our region who have and continue to be a lifeline to so people many during this difficult time.

A dashboard comprising data from across the region on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has been published by the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) and can be found here.

Finally, for those who are working over the weekend, I would like to thank you for your hard work and let you know that your efforts continue to be much appreciated. For those of you who aren’t working, I hope you get some time to relax.

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 12 June 2020
A further 70 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,860.

Patients were aged between 24 and 102 years old. Three patients (aged between 78 and 102) had no known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

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

East of England 4
London 8
Midlands 13
North East & Yorkshire 8
North West 23
South East 11
South West 3

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, 18 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.