The position in Gloucestershire
- As of yesterday, PHE had formally confirmed 11 cases in the county – testing is now focussed on those in hospital, with community testing being stepped down. The national systems will be updated in the coming days for how cases are reported.
- Total Deaths in Gloucestershire: 0
- Total Confirmed Cases in South West: 95
- The SCG (Strategic Coordination Group), chaired by Sarah Scott, is the multi-agency group consisting of partners across the Local Resilience Forum/Gloucestershire area and has met three times and will be meeting weekly. It is supported by a “Tactical Coordination Group” (TCG) that makes delivers the actions from the SCG.
- New guidance was sent to managers and staff yesterday regarding home working arrangements and the new self-isolation and wider government guidance.
- Jabber is being rolled out across the organisation today to support better remote communication.
- A Business Continuity Management cell has been established to coordinate BCM planning.
- All council run libraries and Community Access points will close from Monday 23 March until further notice. In addition, request services such as inter library loans and music sets will be suspended
- Community resilience messaging has been shared across all SCG members, further work around coordinating offers of community support and requests for help is progressing at pace – a specific group reporting to the SCG has been set up to do this work
- A further cell to coordinate support for the homeless and our economic response have been established
- Responses to councillor questions regarding Covid-19 will be provided via video updates from Sarah Scott and other key officers and through this regular update
Total UK Tests: 50,442
Total UK Cases: 1,950
Total UK Deaths: 60
- Updated guidance called ‘Staying at Home’ is now available. The main messages are:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section for more information)
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period. (See ending isolation section for more information
- if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
o if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do notgo to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
- if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
In case you have not yet seen it, here is the latest guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults, which was published on 16 March 2020. This guidance also includes a note on the group of vulnerable people who are at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and who should therefore expect to be contacted directly with advice on the more stringent measures they should take in order to keep themselves and others safe
A summary of advice is below:
The Government has published the following relevant guidance:
- social distancing
- employers and businesses
- Mass gatherings
- residential care provision, supported living provision and home care provision
- The DfE has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions
Other information and guidance is available here