COVID-19 update - 3 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 will be aware the new NHS Test and Trace system was launched this week across England. We are sharing information on our social media channels to help make the public aware of the new guidance. I know organisations are communicating directly with their own staff about what this means for them and any possible wider workforce implications as a result of people needing to self-isolate.

There has been a lot of coverage in the media about the Public Health England report on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19, which can be viewed here. It shows that while age remains the biggest risk factor, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. As a region I know this is something we all take very seriously and we will be doing all we can to support these groups of staff.

The Better Care Fund (BCF) have produced two COVID-19 film’s aimed at supporting care homes with PPE requirements and understanding care needs in recovering patients. They can be viewed here and here.

It is volunteer week, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to our volunteers including our NHS Volunteer Responders who have generously given their time to help people and support our teams throughout this difficult time. We couldn’t do it without you.

As we all know, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on every corner of the UK. Now, more than ever, it is vital we learn just how much the pandemic has impacted our health and care workforce. Skills For Health have launched a national COVID-19 workforce survey so people can share their experiences and reflections of how the pandemic has effected them. You can access the survey and feel free to share here.

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 3 June 2020
A further 179 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,044.

Patients were aged between 12 and 97 years old. Four of the 179 patients (aged between 78 and 93) 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 17
London 30
Midlands 39
North East & Yorkshire 18
North West 36
South East 31
South West 8

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-19 related (suspected and confirmed) deaths in England hospitals.

Today, 31 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.