HOWARD, DAVID & HENNY

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE

COVID DEATH

EARLIER THIS WEEK A MANX RESIDENT DIED FROM COVID-19, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

UPDATE

THREE NEW CASES SINCE LAST WEEK

ALL BECAME SYMPTOMATIC IN ISOLATION

ONE OF THE CASES WAS A CLOSE CONTACT TO SOMEONE IN THE RECENT CLUSTER AND BECAME SYMPTOMATIC IN ISOLATION. THEIR ISOLATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED

HQ – ‘I WISH ALL THREE INDIVIDUALS A SPEEDY RECOVERY’

TOTAL CASES: SIX

FOUR OF THESE ARE FROM THE RECENT CLUSTER

THANK YOU FOR STAYING RESPONSIBLE

YOU HAVE HELPED US CONTAIN THE VIRUS AND PROTECT THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC

CHRISTMAS

NEXT WEEK IS DECEMBER AND THE WORLD IS WONDERING HOW THE FESTIVE SEASON WILL BE AFFECTED BY COVID

XMAS IN THE UK WON’T BE NORMAL THIS YEAR AND OUR CHRISTMAS WILL NOT BE IMMUNE FROM THE EFFECTS OF COVID

BORDERS WILL REMAIN AT LEVEL 4 FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR

AS A RESULT, MANY OF US WON’T BE ABLE TO SEE OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

HQ – ‘REMEMBER TO STAY VIGILANT AND AVOID COMPLACENCY’

IT’S OUR ACTIONS THAT WILL DETERMINE OUR XMAS

HENNY UPDATE

HAD SEVERAL EMAILS ABOUT GATHERINGS (RE LIGHT SWITCH ON) AND WHETHER IT IS SAFE ATM

HENNY ADVICE IS: AS LONG AS ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SELF ISOLATE, ISOLATES. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE NORMALLY. 

BUT REMEMBER HYGIENE

HANDS: WASH YOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECONDS, YOU CAN SING JINGLE BELLS WHILE YOU’RE AT IT.

COUGHING AND SNEEZING: USE TISSUES AND BIN THEM, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TISSUE USE YOUR ELBOW.

HQ – ‘THANKS HENNY, JINGLE BELLS YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST’

SELF ISO SCHEME

  • 900 BED SPACES AVAILABLE

  • 139 BOOKINGS SO FAR

  • SCHEME IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONCE AND FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS

MANX SOLIDARITY FUND WILL NOW BE OFFERING A SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR STUDENTS RETURNING HOME – BUT YOU WILL NEED TO DEMONSTRATE REASON AND PROVE RECEIPT OF GRANT OR LOAN 

2021

HQ – ‘WE KNOW THAT WE CAN’T STAY CLOSED FOREVER’

‘UK FIGURES ARE TO HIGH TO REOPEN THE BORDERS AT THE MOMENT BUT WHO KNOWS – VACCINES, THE IMPACT OF LOCKDOWNS AND HOW PEOPLE ACT AT CHRISTMAS WILL SHAPE OUR DECISIONS’

AIR BRIDGE WITH GUERNSEY MIGHT BE REESTABLISHED IN THE FUTURE THEY’RE IN TALKS AT THE MOMENT

UK HAS BEEN HIT HARD WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RISING POTENTIALLY BY 1M

WE HAVEN’T BEEN IMMUNE TO ECONOMIC EFFECT, BUT WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY

TESTING

PRIVATE TESTING IS NOW AVAILABLE 

£50 A TEST FOR TRAVEL RELATED PURPOSES

CALL 111 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

VACCINES

PROJECT THIS BIG WILL TAKE LOTS OF PLANNING AND RESOURCES

BUT WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED

WINTER
IT’S GOT COLD 

BUT WINTER IS HERE AND IT WILL BRING PRESSURE TO THE HEALTH SERVICE

ELECTIVE ORTHOPEDIC OPERATIONS HALTED

DON’T NEED TO ACT ANY DIFFERENTLY: IF YOU’RE SICK, ACT AS YOU ALWAYS WOULD

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES CALL 999

PETS

TRANSFER OF PETS – POLICY CHANGED BY STEAM PACKET AND NOT BY GOV

QNS

TIM

PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT NOT SEEING RELATIVES FROM OFF-ISLAND. ARE WE WAITING FOR VACCINATIONS BEFORE WE LET PEOPLE ON-ISLAND?

HQ – NO, BUT IT MAY BRING FORWARD. WE’RE WAITING FOR THE UK’S RATE TO BE 100 CASES PER 100,000. ATM IT’S ABOUT 4/500 CASES PER 100,000. IF THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION, WE’LL BE ABLE TO BRING PEOPLE ON ISLAND, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE TO SELF ISOLATE FOR A PERIOD. 

JOSH ITV

WHY ARE YOU PREVENTING RESIDENT’S FAMILIES FROM COMING TO THE ISLAND FOR CHRISTMAS? WHY CAN’T THEY HAVE THE SAME PROVISIONS AS STUDENTS.

HQ – STUDENTS ARE RESIDENTS, WHEREAS PEOPLE WHO LIVE OFF THE ISLAND AREN’T. WE WANT TO SEE NON-RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND, BUT ATM THEY ARE AN ADDITIONAL RISK. 

SAM T
FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS, THE POLICY REGARDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE RETURNING TO ISLAND CHANGES. WILL THIS POLICY CHANGE? 

HQ – WE CAN’T HAVE A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF MONEY. WE IMAGINE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GO AWAY WILL HAVE TO BE BACK IN WORK BY THE 14TH ANYWAY.

RE: VACCINES- IT’S THE MOST VULNERABLE FIRST. BUT WHO COMES AFTER THEM? AND WHAT IS THE PROJECTED TIME FRAME? WEEKS, MONTHS?

HENNY – FIRST FOR THE VACCINE WILL BE THE VULNERABLE AND STAFF IN CARE HOMES. THEN IT’LL BE ROLLED OUT BY AGE GROUP, OLDEST TO YOUNGEST. PLAN IS TO ROLL OUT IN DECEMBER. ESTIMATED 4-6 MONTHS TO COMPLETELY ROLL OUT. 

BBC AL

IF COMMUNITY SPREAD HAPPENS, HOW WILL NOBELS COPE?

ASHY- IT’S BUILT INTO THE WINTER PLAN.

PAUL

NOBLES IS UNDER PRESSURE, BUT THE FLU IS DOWN. WHAT IS BEING PASSED ON? IS 8000 PEOPLE IN STRAND STREET THE SOURCE?

HENNY- I CAN CONFIRM THAT RESPIRATORY ISSUES ARE LOW.

ASHY- THERE IS NO SORT OF CLUSTER OF ILLNESS. IT’S ACROSS THE BOARD. USUALLY, WE WOULD EXPECT 10-12 ADMISSIONS A DAY, BUT ATM WE’RE SEEING 14-16 ADMISSIONS

SIMON

IN THE UK, THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED FLU JABS FOR ALL OVER 50S. WHAT ARE THE IOM THINKING?

ASHY- WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT IT. USUALLY, WE HAVE AN EXCESS OF FLU JABS, WE RAN SHORT THIS YEAR. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE VACCINATE VULNERABLE CATEGORIES. IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE SUPPLY.

CLOSING

CHRISTMAS IS COMING, AS THEY SAY. 

WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. 

STAY SAFE, STAY RESPONSIBLE.