COVID-19 update - 16 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’m sure like me, you were saddened to hear the news that three of our ambulance crews were attacked in separate incidents at the weekend whilst trying to treat patients. This is unacceptable and there is no place for this behaviour in our region. I would like to thank our health and care community for rallying around our colleagues at NEAS in condemning this behaviour. Our thoughts are with the crew members involved in these attacks.

There has been a small rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Carlisle area prompting warnings that the public must be on their guard and follow the current guidance fully. This is a powerful reminder that we must not become complacent and the fight against COVID-19 is not over. Social distancing, hand washing, getting tested if you have symptoms, self-isolating if necessary and wearing face coverings or masks when required are absolutely crucial and we are continuing to reinforce this through our public messaging. More information on the situation in Carlisle can be found here.

Our winter preparedness plans continue to move at pace. Our clinical lead Professor Chris Gray has shared some important messages for the public with the Evening Chronicle, which we are expecting to be published in the coming days. This includes urging people to get their flu jab as well as reminding people to continue to keep their hands extra clean, social distance and wear a face covering. As mentioned in previous bulletins we are working together to launch a campaign to remind people they can do their bit to protect the NHS and each other this winter.

New figures released this week suggest 84,000 people in the region have stopped smoking since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country – the highest rate in the UK. This is a huge testament to the efforts made over the last few months to make sure there was clear messaging to smokers to say firstly #QuitForCovid and more recently #DontWait. You can read more about this here.

Working together will continue to be a key strength for us in the months ahead. We’ve got a great track record of doing this and I would like to once again share my gratitude to all of you for everything you have been doing.

Keep up the great work everyone.

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) - 16 July:
A further 19 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,144.

Patients were aged between 52 and 91 years old. All patients had 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 6
London 0
Midlands 2
North East & Yorkshire 4
North West 5
South East 2
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, ten 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.