COVID-19 update - 1 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
Firstly, can I give a huge thanks to everyone working over the weekend. I know things continue to be very busy for everyone but your continued support and effort is much appreciated.

The government has set out its latest plan to return life to as near normal as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS amid the lifting of some lockdown measures. Advice on what you can and cannot do has been published here.

We have been reminding people on social media that, although people can spend time outdoors with people from different households, you should continue to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines at all times, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your household.

The lifting of some lockdown measures has saw the reopening of some schools across the country and the North Cumbria and North East Children and Young People Peer Network’s latest newsletter has some useful advice on how to support children and young people through this difficult time.

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 1 June 2020
A further 108 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,722.

Patients were aged between 29 and 99 years old. 16 of the 108 patients (aged between 48 and 94) 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 9
London 9
Midlands 18
North East & Yorkshire 24
North West 30
South East 18
South West 0

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, 6 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.