COVID-19 update - 5 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
NHS England and Improvement issued this letter to dental practices and regional dental commissioning leads with regard to the resumption of dental services in England.

As a result, dental practices are beginning to reopen during June where practices assess that they have the necessary IPC (infection prevention and control) and PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements in place. A standard operating procedure for the reopening of face to face dental services has been published and can be found here.

Advice is that the scheduling of patients for treatment as services resume should take into account:

  • the urgency of needs
  • the particular unmet needs of vulnerable groups
  • available capacity to undertake activity
It will likely be some months before the services return to what people previously experienced as normal, and will be dependent on the further easing of COVID-19 control measures, but this is certainly a welcome development and step in the right direction.

The government announced last night that from 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. Last month, the government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, which you may wish to share with staff.

NHS England and Improvement are calling on all hospital trusts and other healthcare providers to ensure additional information and guidance around social distancing, hand hygiene and PPE measures are widely promoted and accessible to staff working at all levels within their organisation.

It comes as part of an additional drive to reduce the risk of contracting the virus among NHS staff, and particularly those identified at additional risk. You can read more on that here.

I would again like to thank everyone for all your efforts this week. I know many of you will be working over the weekend and continuing to provide our communities with the very best care. As always, this is much appreciated. For those of you who are not 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 5 June 2020
A further 123 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,282.

Patients were aged between 38 and 105 years old. One of the 123 patients (aged 86) 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 13
London 10
Midlands 26
North East & Yorkshire 26
North West 25
South East 19
South West 4

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, 17 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.