Following a meeting last Friday, the GRCC are able to provide the following information relating to COVID-19 in the local area:
There has been an increase in occupancy rates in the hospital. There have been higher rates of positive tests, but it is reducing.
The greater proportion of tests have been in the 20-to-59-year age group. There are significantly higher positive tests in the 20-to-29-year group.
The average age of patient cases 42.7.
There is a higher rate of deaths in hospital than in a community setting.
R-rate is between 1.1 and 1.5 – to move from restrictions we need to get to 0.7
Steve Hams (coordinating COVID-19 vaccination programme) provided the following update: –
The vaccination approach is two-fold; the community programme and the hospital hub.
The top four are being vaccinated, with an ambitious but deliverable roll out.
Cumulative first doses over 50,000
76% of over 80’s now completed.
65% of care homes completed (the expectation is that 100% of care home will be complete by the end of the week, less the homes where there have been outbreaks).
If you have had covid you have to wait 28 days before you can have your vaccination.
By the weekend the target was 15,000. This should reach 30,000 by mid-March.
There is work being undertaken to factor in the self-employed private health care workers.
Target – to deliver to all four groups by the middle of February, and to the health and social care staff.
Please note that due to Gloucestershire’s success, some vaccines are going to other areas.
By mid-February the programme will extend down the age groups but there are conversations currently to consider whether police and teachers come up higher in the programme.
So far no one has refused the vaccine.
You will be vaccinated based on where your GP is – not where you live (relevant for cross boarder – Oxfordshire, Wales).
CCG contact able to help with matching non-medical volunteers is Helen Edwards email@example.com
Advertising vans are out focusing in areas with high COVID rates.
The Instagram campaign ongoing.
There are also signs on lamp posts reminding everyone that COVID is present in the area.