IOM GOV UPDATE – 27TH MAY

ASHY & DR DUNCAN GERRY (IN CHARGE OF KEEPING OUR ELDERLY SAFE)

GLORIOUS DAY ON THE ROCK ISN’T IT?

NUMBERS

  • NO NEW CASES 

  • 6 ACTIVE CASES

    • 2 Hospital

    • 2 Newlands

    • 2 Community

DR DUNCAN GERRY IS HERE TODAY TO TELL US ABOUT THE WORK GOING ON IN THE CARE HOMES 

ASHY

  • ON 24 PEOPLE WAITING IN YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS. THE EAGLE EYED SAW THAT THIS NUMBER WAS HIGHER THAN USUAL AND WERE CONCERNED 

  • HOWEVER, THERE IS A SIMPLE EXPLANATION AND A GOOD NEWS STORY

  • NUMBER OF CALLS TO 111 ARE AT A MUCH LOWER NUMBER SO WE HAVE SPARE TESTING CAPACITY 

  • WEEKLY TESTS FOR KEY WORKERS – CARE HOMES, SUPPORTED LIVING, PRISON AND POLICE

  • DELIGHTED TO OFFER IT. IF WE CAN WIDEN EVEN FURTHER, WE WILL 

  • TESTING STRATEGY IS A SUCCESS STORY 

TO BEEF UP RESILIENCE IN CARE HOMES WE CREATED A SPECIAL TASK FORCE, WHICH INCLUDED MORE COMMITTED FOLK, DR DUNC WAS ONE OF THEM…

DR DUNC 

*AN ELOQUENT SPEAKER

  • THANKS FOR HAVING ME ASHY 

  • WE REALISED EARLY ON THAT C-19 POSED A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO THE FRAIL, ELDERLY AND CARE HOMES

  • IT WAS OUR AIM TO INCREASE RESILIENCE 

  • LOVELY TO WORK WITH SO MANY GREAT PEOPLE

  • WE VISIT CARE HOMES IF THERE IS AN OUTBREAK

  • STEP 1 – INFECTION CONTROL WITH NURSES. ASSESS POLICIES AND PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENT. THEN THE MATRIX KICKS IN – RED / AMBER / GREEN RATING 

  • PROCESS HAS BEEN INVALUABLE TO BENEFIT ALL HOMES 

  • “OUTBREAK” = A SINGLE NEW POSITIVE CASE FOR A CARER OR RESIDENT 

  • BEEN TO TWO CARE HOMES – WE MEET THE TEAM TO REVIEW PPE STOCKS AND CARE NEEDS OF ALL RESIDENTS 

  • ASSESSMENTS ARE WITH THE CONSENT OF THE CARE HOMES

  • WE PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TOO AS C-19 CAN BE SCARY 

ASHY

  • THANKS DR DUNC TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM 

  • NO NEW CASES IS WONDERFUL NEWS, UK ARE IMPROVING TOO. NO NEW DEATHS IN IRELAND 

  • BUT WE STILL HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS IN THE COMMUNITY 

  • SOMETIMES THERE ISN’T AN OBVIOUS LINK IN THE CONTACT TRACING – BUT IT HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE, IT IS NOT THE IMMACULATE CONTAGION 

  • WASH YOUR HANDS AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE 

  • ALL BUSINESSES ARE BEST PLACED TO DECIDE HOW THEY ARE PROVIDING A SAFE SPACE FOR STAFF AND CUSTOMERS 

  • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONDUCTED A WEBINAR TO HELP HEALTH AND BEAUTY RETURN – GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR STEPPING UP 

  • WE’RE NOT GOING TO MEDDLE, HERE FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE 

  • AS WE CONTINUE TO STEP OUT OF YOUR LIVES,  WE NEED YOU TO STEP UP

  • YOU’LL BE HEARING THIS AS MUCH AS YOU HEAR #BABYSTEPS FROM ME 

QUESTIONS 

  • IS CHRIS THOMAS GOING TO BE SIN BINNED FOR VOTING AGAINST COMIN DECISION IN TYNWALD? HOWIE AND CHRIS ARE SORTING IT OUT. HOWIE IS THE CHIEF THE REST OF THE MINS ARE EQUALS. DON’T KNOW IF MR THOMAS HAD A PREDETERMINED POSITION  

  • MIGHT EXTEND TESTING TO TEACHERS ONCE WE HAVE A HANDLE ON KEYWORKER TESTING 

  • BORDERS OPENING IS A LONG WAY OFF – CLOSING THEM HAS GIVEN US A GREAT DEAL OF PROTECTION 

  • 2 ACTIVE ABBOTSWOOD CASES IN NEWLANDS. SHOULD BE FREE OF THE VIRUS IN A FEW DAYS 

  • THANKFUL WE HAVEN’T SEEN SPIKE IN SUICIDES IN THE ELDERLY LIKE THERE HAS BEEN IN THE UK

  • TOO MANY FACTORS TO BE ABLE TO PUT A DATE ON BORDERS – LOOKING AT LOW LEVEL RISK IN THE IOM, IRELAND AND THE UK. NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A RISK PROFILED WAY 

  • ELDERLY SHIELDING ON THEIR OWN HAVE HAD WELFARE CALLS TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH 

  • WE WILL BE WRITING TO ALL OF THOSE SHIELDING WITH UPDATED ADVICE

  • OBVS HIP OPERATIONS BEING DELAYED HAS CAUSED DISCOMFORT SO WE’RE WORKING ON GETTING BACK TO NORMAL IN A SAFE WAY 

  • DR DUNC – ONE OF THE GREATEST PROBLEMS HAS BEEN FEAR OF COMING TO HOSPITAL – WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO MISS OUT ON GOOD QUALITY CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT 

  • IF YOU’RE ILL PLEASE SEEK SUPPORT, DON’T LET THINGS DETERIORATE 

  • CONTACT TRACING – WE NEED THE TRUTH TO BREAK THE CHAIN SO WE MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE HONEST – WE DON’T RUN OFF AND SNITCH ON THEM IF THEY BROKE THE RULES THO. EVERYTHING IS IN COMPLETE AND UTTER CONFIDENCE. PLEASE BE HONEST WITH THE TEAM IF YOU TEST POSITIVE 

SHOUTOUTS 

  • FRAN CALEY – CRONK-Y-BERRY HUB SCHOOL

  • THANKS TO SCHOOL CLEANERS – PROVIDING SAFE CLEAN SPACES 

  • ALLISON AND STEVE TAYLOR FROM RAMMO AND JURBS – BEING NICE PEOPLE AND DELIVERING TREATS 

CHIEF MIN WILL BE BACK TOMORROW WITH AN UPDATE FROM COMIN

MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR ISLAND 

STAY SAFE 

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