COVID-19 update - 9 July 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. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information and key decisions from the Strategic Health Co-ordinating 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
I’d like to start this week’s message by thanking those of you who were on the frontline last weekend and to recognise all the hard work that went into making sure we could deal with any increased demand on services as lockdown measures were eased.

In preparation for the pubs re-opening we worked together across the region to remind our communities to drink and act responsibly and I’m pleased to report that on the whole this advice was heeded, and our teams are grateful for the public’s support.

As part of this, we launched a new animation to be shared across social media channels by teams throughout the region and worked with our local media too. You can view it here.

As lockdown measures continue to ease, we must remain proactive in reminding the public that the virus is still very much among us; as well as the rules around social distancing and handwashing.

Last weekend also saw the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, which offered us another chance to pay tribute to our amazing health and care staff and those that have supported us during our most challenging year ever. As the region came together once more to pay tribute to our staff, I’m sure, like me, you felt a sense of huge pride in being part of our wonderful health and care family. The weekend was also an important time for us to remember those that have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

This week has marked a significant change for those that have been shielding. From Monday, those shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household. This guidance will change again on 1 August subject to clinical evidence. You can read more here.

Our ICS will be one of 11 systems taking part in a collaboration review by The Care Quality Commission (CQC). The aim is to share learning around the positive impact of partnerships in light of the pandemic. The review will focus on experiences and outcomes for those using services and approaches to re-establishing services. I will keep you informed as we learn more about what this will involve, and I look forward to being able to share many of the positive stories of collaboration and innovation from our region.

Finally, this week the workforce cell for the North East and Yorkshire provided a valuable update on their work, which includes important information on how we can look after our health and wellbeing which is vital in these challenging times. You can read that, and the rest of their update here.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes,

Alan Foster is executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System

Other news and updates

NHS statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 9 July: A further 22 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,991.

Patients were aged between 53 and 94 years old. One patient, aged 77 years old, 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 3
London 2
Midlands 4
North East & Yorkshire 2
North West 7
South East 4
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, six 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.

The R number in the UK:The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK can be found here on GOV.UK

Public Health England dashboard: The Public Health England (PHE) dashboard can be found here. Daily reporting includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. The report also includes case rates per 100,000 resident population at lower-tier local authority level.