COVID-19 News Update

Feb 20, 2021 | Community Announcements

An update from the last Engagement Board meeting that took place on Friday 12th February.  There were 24 people in attendance.


  • 106.1 per 100,000
  • A further 676 case in the last 7 days
  • The total deaths 1016
  • There are less people testing positive the highest percentage of positive tests are in the 40 – 59 age groups and the 20 – 39 age groups.
  • R-rate – 0.7 to 0.9

Vaccination Programme

Cohort 1-4 should be reached by the weekend (14th Feb).

Gloucestershire are still the best county in England with the following percentages having been reached:-

  • Over 80’s – 98%
  • 75 – 79 – 79.3%
  • 70 – 74 – 70%
  • Extremely clinically vulnerable – 85%
  • Health and social care workers – by the weekend, the numbers vaccinated should have reached 30,000.

Gloucestershire have started on cohort 5 (over 65’s) and cohort 6 (those with long term health conditions e.g., asthma, diabetes).

To support take up with BAME communities a health and equalities group has been established.

Community Public Engagement

  • The focus is on reminding people to adhere to the guidance, hygiene messages, access to the business grant, and effectiveness of the vaccination programme
  • A ‘Help beat COVID-19’ leaflet is being distributed which provides advice on testing, getting financial support, and mental health support
  • Signage – signage is being updated to say ‘continue to do all you can to keep COVID-19 rates low’
  • Tickets are being issues – in the main to younger people who continue to gather. Young Gloucestershire has been commissioned to get the message out to younger people and support them
  • The testing location map has been updated to make it clear where the locations are that you can get a test
  • Instagram stories for young people have been created to inform them about testing
  • LEP – are pushing the message for workplaces with over 15 employees to seek guidance/support on COVID19 workplace compliance
  • There are plans afoot to do a ‘twelve months on’ feature to promote learning and success

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