IOM GOV DAILY UPDATE – 27TH APRIL

HOWARD, ASHY, BOB McCOLM – PRISON GOVERNOR 

HQ – GOOD AFTERNOON, ALL THE BEST TO BOJO

NUMBERS – ASHY

  • 34 TESTS OUTSTANDING 

  • NO NEW CASES

  • 40 ACTIVE CASES

  • WITH DEEP SADNESS I HAVE TO REPORT TWO FURTHER DEATHS, BOTH PART OF THE ABBOTSWOOD CLUSTER

HOWARD

CONDOLENCES TO ALL HAVE LOST LOVED ONES

  • ABBOTSWOOD IS A TRAGEDY 

  • WE MUST LOOK BEYOND DAILY NUMBERS, WE CANNOT BE COMPLACENT 

  • THANKS FOR ACTING RESPONSIBLY – WELLDONE TO ALL WHO RESPECTED SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • ONLY 18 CALLS AND EMAILS TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK TEAM – ALL SEEKING ADVICE, POSITIVE SO FAR 

UPDATE FROM PRISON GOVERNOR BOB 

  • THANKS TO ALL KEY WORKERS INCLUDING PRISON AND PROBATION STAFF 

  • PRISON IS IN LOCKDOWN 

  • SADLY THE PRISON HAVE TO DEAL WITH 1% WHO ARE SELFISH AND IRRESPONSIBLE 

  • PRISON HAS BEEN RECONFIGURED TO ADAPT 

  • ON THE ISOLATION WINGS WE ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS AND AMAZING STAFF RESPONSES 

  • CROSS GOV TEAM OPENED A HOMELESS FACILITY IN LESS THAN A FEW DAYS TO ENSURE THEY ARE SUPPORTED 

  • PRISON KITCHEN HAVE PREPARED MEALS FOR THE FOOD BANK

  • THANKS AGAIN TO STAFF – ADVERSITY IS BRINGING OUT THE BEST 

THE HOWARD

  • BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD

  • LATER THIS WEEK WE’LL BE PUBLISHING A DOCUMENT ABOUT OUR PLANS AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS 

  • THE DOCUMENT WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE CLEARLY OUR POTENTIAL NEXT STEPS 

  • HOWEVER, IT WON’T INCLUDE DATES AS WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE DATA YET 

  • OUR APPROACH HAS TO BE ONE OF INCREMENTAL SMALL STEPS (BABY STEPS)

  • WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE JOURNEY WILL TAKE US – WE ALL NEED TO START PREPARING FOR A NEW NORMAL 

  • VACCINE SEEMS A LONG WAY OFF, ANTIBODY TESTING IS UNRELIABLE 

  • UNTIL THERE US A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH WE NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH NEW NORMAL 

  • GLOBALLY OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE VIRUS AND ITS BEHAVIOURS ARE CHANGING ALL THE TIME 

  • DO PEOPLE RETAIN LONG TERM IMMUNITY? WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE YET 

SPECIAL SEGMENT ON MASKS

  • ASHY HAS FIELDED MORE THAN A FEW Q’S ON THIS OVER THE WEEKS 

  • GLOBAL EXPERT ADVICE HAS BEEN EVOLVING  – NO CONSENSUS 

  • DEBATE HAS BEEN FURTHER COMPLICATED BY THE RANGE OF MASKS BEING DISCUSSED 

  • MEDICAL EXPERTS HAVE PREPARED A PAPER FOR COMIN  ”SO WE CAN MAKE MANX DECISIONS”

HEADLINES 

  • WEARING OF MASKS REMAINS A PERSONAL CHOICE – NOT GOVERNMENT MANDATED

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAND WASHING REMAIN EFFECTIVE 

  • INSUFFICIENT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT MASKS PROTECT THE WEARER

  • ADVICE TO EMPLOYERS – DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO ENABLE SOCIAL DISTANCING 

  • IF GOV WORKERS CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE, THEY WILL RECEIVE MASKS

  • NOT HIGH GRADE CLINICAL MASKS USED IN THE HOSPITALS THOUGH

WE KNOW THERE ARE LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOLS – MORE INFO LATER THIS WEEK 

QUESTIONS 

  • ONLY TESTING PRISONERS IF THEY ARE SYMPTOMATIC 

  • PRISON LOCKDOWN = NO VISITORS 

  • OFFENDERS AREN’T KNOWN FOR FOLLOWING RULES – LOCKDOWN WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO 

  • LOOKING INTO A VIDEO LINK INSTEAD OF PRISON VISITS 

  • EVERYONE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL IS NOW TESTED – GOOD RESULTS SO FAR BUT WE CAN’T BE COMPLACENT 

  • THE VERY LAST THING WE’LL DO IS OPEN OUR BORDERS WITH THE UK – IT’S A CONSIDERABLE TIME AWAY 

  • ALTHOUGH NUMBERS SEEM GOOD – WE CAN’T BE COMPLACENT 

  • WE’RE STILL GETTING SOME CALLS TO 111 ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE DROPPED

  • WE HAVE TESTED ENTIRE NURSING HOMES WHERE A PERSON HAS DISPLAYED COLD LIKE SYMPTOMS 

  • WE CAN’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED BUT SHOWS THE EFFECTS OF HARD WORK  – WE CAN’T LET OUR GUARD DOWN 

  • VANDALS TARGETED A BUSINESS FOR REOPENING  – DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT INDIVIDUAL CASES, GUIDANCE IS ON THE WEBSITE

  • CONFIRM THAT DEATH ON FRIDAY AND TWO TODAY WERE SADLY FROM ABBOTSWOOD 

  • ABBOTSWOOD SITUATION HAS NOT CHANGED – LICENSE IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED 

  • ON ABBOTSWOOD – URGE PEOPLE TO THINK TWICE – SOME SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS DIRECTED AT STAFF AREN’T VERY NICE 

  • LONG TERM PLAN IN PLACE FOR ABBOTSWOOD – DEEP CLEANING CONTINUES IN SECTIONS AND RESIDENTS WILL BE MOVED BACK FROM NEWLANDS

  • HQ PAID TRIBUTE TO THE STAFF AT ABBOTSWOOD AND GOV STAFF WHO HAVE STEPPED IN 

  • ONE CONFIRMED CASE IN THE PRISON – POSITIVE ON ARRIVAL TO JURBY

  • TREATING EVERY NEW PRISON ENTRANT AS IF THEY HAVE THE VIRUS – GOING INTO ISOLATION FOR 14 DAYS 

  • PRISON HAVE CREATED MORE HEADROOM IN THE ISOLATION WING FOR ANY NEW OFFENDERS AND RULE FLOUTERS

  • ON REDUCING GOVT SPENDING – ALL DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO  LOOK TO SAVE MONEY. TYWALD WON’T TAKE A PAY RISE, THEY WILL LOOK AT FURTHER COST REDUCTIONS

  • NEW HOMELESS SHELTER IS BEING STAFFED BY PRISON OFFICERS, PROBATION STAFF AND SOCIAL SECURITY. FACILITY IS A HOTEL IN THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND WITH 7 RESIDENTS. ALTHOUGH NOT ALL RESIDENTS ARE RELIABLE – “IT’S BEEN INTERESTING”

  • HOMELESS SHELTER WAS SET UP IN 10 DAYS – THANKS TO GERALDINE MARTIN 

  • ON DAILY TESTING – WE HAVEN’T REACHED DAILY CAPACITY OF 200 AS WE ARE STILL WORKING ON TESTING STRATEGY. TAKES A WEEK OR SO TO FINALISE. MORE IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON TYPE OF TESTING RATHER THE CAPACITY 

  • HOSPITAL NUMBERS – ABBOTSWOOD DATA ISN’T BROKEN DOWN SEPARATELY TO OTHER CASES – MORE INFO MIGHT BE AVAILABLE LATER IN THE WEEK 

  • PRISON STAFF WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH PROBLEMS WON’T WORK ON ISOLATION WING 

  • PRISON SHIFTS HAVE CHANGES AND STAFF ARE WORKING IN DIFFERENT TEAMS = AMAZING FLEXIBILITY FROM PRISON STAFF 

  • ABBOTSWOOD ACCESS TO VENTILATORS – THEY ARE TREATED THE SAME AS HOSPITAL PATIENTS 

  • NO IMMEDIATE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN PRISONER MENTAL HEALTH. ACKNOWLEDGE PROLONGED ISOLATION DOES CAUSE ISSUES. PRISONERS WERE ISSUED ACTIVITY PACKS AND NOW HAVE ALL TV CHANNELS OPENED. STILL GETTING OUT OF THEIR CELLS JUST IN 2’S AND 3’S. IT MAY BECOME MORE OF AN ISSUE IN THE LONG TERM 

SHOUTOUTS

  • 95 YEAR OLD WINNIE – LIVED THROUGH WW1 AND HAS NOW SEEN OFF COVID 19 

  • FIRST YEAR UNDERGRADUATES PROVIDING SUPPORT AND ADVICE TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS VIA FACEBOOK –  MANX UNIVERSE 

  • BIG THANKS TO THE SAMARITANS 

WE’LL BE HEARING FROM ALF TOMORROW. 

HOWARD IS BACK ON WEDNESDAY.

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