WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE

THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN

IT’S BEEN AN EVENTFUL WEEK

WORLD SITUATION

US ELECTIONS ARE ON A KNIFE-EDGE, WORLD AND AMERICA ARE HOLDING THEIR BREATHS

WE’RE WAITING FOR BREXIT DEALS

UK HAVE EXCEEDED 1M CASES, THE DEATH RATE IS PAINFULLY HIGH

BORIS ANNOUNCED LOCKDOWN 2.0 FOR ENGLAND

UK

  • WALES ARE HAVING THEIR FIREBREAK UNTIL 9 NOV

  • ENGLAND WILL BE IN LOCKDOWN UNTIL AT LEAST THE 2 DEC

  • FIVE TIERS IN SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND THEY HAVE HAD THE SAME POLICIES SINCE OCT

  • WE HOPE THE NEW UK RESTRICTIONS SLOW THE VIRUS

UPDATE

IT HAS BEEN 5 MONTHS SINCE WE’VE HAD A COMMUNITY CASE ON THE IOM

IT REMAINS ESSENTIAL THAT WE PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE SO WE’RE STAYING ON LEVEL FOUR FOR BORDERS

WE KNOW THAT YOU MISS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT WE CAN’T MOVE TO LEVEL 3A JUST YET

WE ADVISE NOT TO GO TO THE UK UNLESS YOU HAVE A COMPELLING, PRESSING OR LEGAL REASON. BUT IF YOU DO, PLEASE RESPECT THE LAWS AND RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE

HQ: I KNOW WE CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS FOREVER, BUT WE WON’T HAVE BORDERS LIKE THIS FOREVER

WE’RE STILL HOPING FOR A VACCINE AND BETTER TESTING

CASES

WE HAVE HAD FIVE NEW CASES SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE

ALL RELATE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELLED BACK TO THE ISLAND, WHO WERE ALREADY IN SELF-ISO

THESE CASES INCLUDE INDIVIDUALS WHO TRAVELLED TO UK FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

TRIPS TO SPECIALIST/ MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS WILL CONTINUE, BUT THEY ARE ASSESSED

OUR ADVICE TO THOSE TRAVELLING FOR APPOINTMENTS- SOCIAL DISTANCE, MASKS & GO STRAIGHT TO APPOINTMENTS

TWO OF THE FIVE PEOPLE ARE IN HOSPITAL, BUT THEIR ADMISSIONS WERE NOT COVID-RELATED. THEY WERE SCREENED ON ARRIVAL

IT SHOWS THAT OUR SCREENING IS WORKING, AND WE’RE PROTECTING OUR PEOPLE

ASHY

OUR EXCELLENT RISK ASSESSMENT PICKED UP THE CASES

WE HAVE EFFECTIVE PATHWAYS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF PATIENTS, PUBLIC AND STAFF IN HOSPITAL

THE HOSPITAL TAKES DETAILS FOR CONTACT TRACING AND HAVE INCREASED PPE

OUR DAILY STATS SAY ‘0’ FOR HOSPITAL BUT THAT WILL NOW CHANGE TO SHOW PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL WITH COVID, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY WERE ADMITTED FOR COVID

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE HOSPITAL COMES UNDER STRAIN, SO WE MUST KEEP PROCEDURES IN PLACE AND LIMIT PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL

HQ: A REMINDER IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING…

THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT WHY YOU’RE LEAVING THE ISLAND, FOLLOW RULES WHEN YOU’RE BACK: THE ACTIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR OUR COMMUNITY

‘NO IFS, NO BUTS, NO EXCUSES’

‘WE’RE ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR WEAKEST LINK’

BUT I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT STUDENTS WILL BE FREE TO RETURN FROM THE UK

DR AL WITH THE STUDENT UPDATE

EXAMS MAY BE DELAYED FOR EXTRA TEACHING/REVISION TIME, MODIFIED CONTENT AND THERE MAY BE PROVISIONS TO MAKE THE EXAMS LESS DAUNTING, BUT TO KEEP THEM FAIR

THINGS HAVE ADAPTED ON ISLAND, UCM HAVE EXPANDED THEIR COURSES AND GP TRAINEES CAN SIT SOME EXAMS HERE

WE KNOW THE RESTRICTIONS ON STUDENTS ACROSS MAY BE STRESSFUL. WE HAVE KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IN THE UK TO ASSURE OUR RESIDENTS CAN COME BACK. WE WILL SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

AS UK UNIS REMAIN OPEN, THE NEW GUIDANCE ALLOWS PEOPLE TO RETURN FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK BUT THEY CAN’T MOVE BACK AND FORTH CONSTANTLY. NOW MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO RETURN SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO ISOLATE OVER XMAS

STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE FACILITIES AT UCM, INCLUDING THEIR SOCIAL SCENE. ADVICE IS THERE AT UCM FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO SWITCH COURSES OR CONSIDER THEIR OPTIONS

MSU HAVE SET UP ‘OPERATION FAIRY BRIDGE’, WHICH WILL HELP PROVIDE LATEST GOV INFO AND SERVICES FOR RETURNING YOUNG PEOPLE

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE OUR FUTURE, AND I AM PROUD, GOV WILL SUPPORT STUDENTS ON ISLAND AND AWAY

QNS

BBC ALEX

WE HAVE HAD CASES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAVELLED OFF ISLAND FOR TREATMENT/ MEDICAL PURPOSES. HOW ARE THEY SHIELDED ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE VULNERABLE?

HQ: THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. WE HAVE ASKED FOR BEST ADVICE FOR ALL PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO STOP GETTING INFECTION.

ASHY: ALEX, THERE IS A RANGE OF TESTING IN UK HOSPITALS, WHICH ARE DIFFERING. WE INSTRUCT PATIENT TRANSFER TO WEAR PPE. BUT NO FORM OF TRAVEL IS WITHOUT RISK. THE GUIDANCE IS PORT-HOSPITAL-PORT. NO WIDER COMMUNITY CONTACT.

ROB 3FM

PANIC BUYING: WE’RE HEARING ABOUT IT AGAIN IN THE UK. ANY ISSUES IN SUPPLIES TO THE IOM? IS IT BEING MONITORED?

IT IS BEING MONITORED. RETAILERS ARE HOPING IT WILL BE FINE.

LOO ROLL SUPPLIES SHOULD BE FINE: IT’S STILL GETTING MADE. NATIONAL BUSINESS MIGHT CLOSE IOM SHOPS, BUT WE’VE EXPLAINED THE SITUATION TO THEM.

PAUL MOULTON

QUESTION TO ASHY: MORE INFO ABOUT THOSE TWO CASES. CAN YOU FIND OUT THE SOURCE OF COVID? ARE YOU HAPPY THAT’S BEEN PLUGGED.

WE KNOW WHERE THEY’VE BEEN, BUT THE EXACT SOURCE? NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. CONCERNING THESE TWO CASES, THEY FOLLOWED ALL ADVICE BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THEY CAUGHT IT.

PAUL: SAME DESTINATION?

THEY HADN’T COME FROM THE SAME DESTINATION.

PAUL: ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THIS?

ASHY: NOTHING IS FOOLPROOF, PAUL. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT THIS IS TWO CASES. WE’VE HAD FOUR PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD COVID FROM BEING AWAY OUT OF SEVERAL HUNDRED, MAYBE THOUSAND.

PAUL: TELL US ABOUT THOSE TWO HOSPITAL CASES.

THEY WERE ALREADY DOING THEIR 14 DAY ISOLATION, THEY WERE ASYMPTOMATIC. WENT TO HOSPITAL, HAD ROUTINE TESTING.

SIMON

CHRISTMAS TIME. ASSUMING LOCKDOWN IS DONE IN ENGLAND? WHO IS ALLOWED HERE AT CHRISTMAS? MANX PASSPORT HOLDERS? WHAT ARE THE PROVISIONS?

HQ: TOO EARLY TO SAY. WE HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY, WE HAVE A PLAN TO LOOK AT NUMBER OF CASES AND THEN DECIDE. ALL RELATES TO INFECTION RATE. AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME, IT’S NOT ACHIEVABLE. OBVIOUSLY, I WOULD LOVE TO SAY WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE TO 3A- BUT WHO KNOWS, MAYBE THAT’LL HAPPEN? MAYBE THE LOCKDOWN WILL WORK.

I WILL UPDATE WHEN I KNOW, BUT IT WOULD BE A PURE GUESS IF I SAID NOW.

TIM

AT THE HOSPITAL, DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC, WARD ONE AND TWO WERE THE COVID WARDS. WHERE ARE THE TWO HOSPITAL CASES BEING HOUSED? ALSO RE: RAMBO COTTAGE HOSPITAL- HERE THEY’RE ENHANCING THEIR PPE ETC TO WHAT IT WAS IN LOCKDOWN. TELL US MORE…

HQ: WARD ONE HAS THE ISOLATED, SEPERATE ROOMS. FULL PPE IS WORN BY PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THEM.

ASHY: WARD ONE HAS FIVE SEPARATE ROOMS. IT CAN BE USED FOR ISOLATION. THE ISSUE WILL COME IF WE HAVE ALREADY FILLED THE FIVE ROOMS. THEN WE’D HAVE TO TURN IT INTO A COVID WARD. RAMSEY COTTAGE HOSPITAL STEP UP THEIR PROVISIONS AS THEY ARE USED AS A STEP-DOWN FACILITY: THIS RESULTS IN MORE ELDERLY PATIENTS. THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF CONCERN, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED, THERE IS NOTHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT.

JOSH

THE MEDIA GETS THE RECURRING INFORMATION THAT, IF SOMEONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD IS DIAGNOSED, ALL OTHER PEOPLE IN THE HOUSEHOLD ARE ALSO ISOLATING? IS THIS YOUR ADVICE?

HQ: IF SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE, EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD MUST ISOLATE.

ASHY: THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE.

SAM

ARE THESE UNI COURSES VALUE FOR MONEY? OF THE TAXPAYERS MONEY? SHOULD THE FEES BE PAID IN THEIR ENTIRETY?

DR AL: WE HAD THIS ISSUE BEFORE, LAST ACADEMIC YEAR. FROM THE UNIS PERSPECTIVE: THEY’RE STILL PROVIDING A SERVICE. WE CAN’T ARGUE THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE SPECIAL DISPENSATION. THIS IS A UK ISSUE.

CLOSING

IF YOU’RE LISTENING FROM OFF ISLAND: REMEMBER, OUR COMMUNITY RELIES ON YOUR ACTIONS IF YOU COME BACK.