GOV UPDATE – 13th JAN 2021

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY ON ZOOM

WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE 

DAY 7 OF LOCKDOWN 2.0

NUMBERS

  • 1 PERSON AWAITING TEST RESULT

  • 127 WAITING FOR TESTS

  • 8 NEW CASES

  • 4 LINKED TO EXISTING CLUSTER

  • 3 TRAVEL RELATED

  • 1 UNKNOWN / SPORADIC

  • 36 ACTIVE CASES

  • 1 IN HOSPITAL

DAVID

SOZ FOR CONFUSION ON THE NUMBERS AT THE LAST UPDATE

I WAS WORKING FROM A 24 HOUR SNAPSHOT VIA THE LAB WHICH WAS 6 NEW CASES

1 ADDITIONAL NEW CASE FELL OUTSIDE OF THE 24 HOUR SNAPSHOT BUT HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN REPORTED, SO IT WAS TOO A NEW CASE, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 7 NEW CASES

HENCE THE MIX-UP 

DA ON SHIELDING 

INDIVIDUALS SHOULD CONTINUE TO SHIELD FOR THE PERIOD OF THE LOCKDOWN 

FRESH LETTERS ARE EN ROUTE 

THOSE IN PRIMARY CARE WILL BE NOTIFIED BY GP / CARE PROVIDER

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE WHILE WE HAVE COMMUNITY CASES 

OVER 80’S WITH VACCINATION LETTERS SHOULD ATTEND THEIR APPOINTMENTS 

DA ON FRONT LINE WORKERS

BE NICE TO THEM PLS

SOME STAFF ARE BEING ABUSED, THEY DESERVE RESPECT 

DA ON PUBLIC ABUSING THOSE NOT WEARING MASKS

BE NICE TO THEM TO PLS

SOME CAN’T FOR MEDICAL REASONS 

HOWARD ON COMMUNICATING RISKY LOCATIONS 

WE READ THEM OUT IN THE BRIEFING – BUT YOU SAID IT WAS TOO MUCH DETAIL  

WE PUBLISHED THEM WITH THE DETAIL – BUT YOU SAID WE WERE TOO SLOW 

IF WE NEED TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT, HIGH-RISK VENUES IN DETAIL WE’LL DO THEM IN THE BRIEFING 

DR HENNY 

4 CASES LINKED TO EXISTING CLUSTER ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD – LINKED TO A SOCIAL EVENT AS PART OF AN OUTBREAK LAST WEEK 

3 TRAVEL RELATED

1 UNKNOWN / SPORADIC – STILL BEING CONTACT TRACED 

WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THE LOCKDOWN 

THERE ARE FAR FEWER HIGH-RISK CONTACTS AS A RESULT 

GOOD NEWS, WE’RE GETTING ON TOP OF IT 

HOWARD 

EVERY FAITH WE CAN RID OURSELVES OF COVID AGAIN

GOV HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP WORKERS AND BUSINESSES WEATHER THE STORM 

EASY TO SAY – WHY DIDN’T ‘X’, WISH YOU DID ‘Y’ – BUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE VIRUS CONSTANTLY CHANGES 

STILL WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION ON WHETHER WE HAVE NEW VARIANT IN THE COMMUNITY 

BUT WE SHOULD ACT LIKE IT IS THE NEW VARIANT 

YOU HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY TOO

RESPECT FOR THE CURRENT MEASURES IS HIGH 

WE MUST STICK TO THE RULES TO STOP DEEPER COMMUNITY SPREAD

WELL OVER 100 PEOPLE SHOULD BE LEAVING SELF ISO THIS WEEK – AS LONG AS 13 DAY TEST IS NEGATIVE 

BRAVO TO THOSE STEPPING UP AND DOING THE RIGHT THING 

SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • STAY AT HOME UNLESS IT IS ESSENTIAL

  • WEAR A FACE COVERING (STRONG RECOMMENDED BUT NOT LAW)

  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

  • SELF ISOLATE IF YOU ARE ASKED TO

  • CONTACT 111 IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

REMINDER – TIGHTENING OF MEASURES FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT 

  • GARDEN CENTRES MUST CLOSE

  • BUILDING MERCHANTS ARE TRADE ONLY

THERE IS A BIT OF KICK OFF ON SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY. SO TO CLARIFY, THERE IS NO CHANGE TO BORDER POSITION – WE’RE STILL ON 5 B 

*STRONGLY* ADVISE AGAINST TRAVELLING 

WE CAN’T GUARANTEE YOUR RETURN IF YOU DO TRAVEL. BORDER POSITION MIGHT CHANGE WITH SHORT / NO NOTICE 

QUESTIONS 

SIMON: WE SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED 3690 ODD DOSES AS OUR PER CAPITA SHARE OF UK DOSES. AS OF LAST NIGHT WE ADMINISTERED 1816. BEEN WAITING FOR PAPERWORK AND PROTOCOLS. HOW MUCH IS ON THE SHELF HAVE WE RECEIVED 

DAVID: YES WE ARE GETTING PER CAPITA SHARE. VACCINE IS 2 X DOSES, WE’LL BE STICKING WITH MANUFACTURERS’ RECOMMENDATION PFIZER 21 DAYS, OXFORD 28. SO IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH IN STOCK FOR THE DELIVERY SCHEDULE 
OXFORD: ONE TRAY, 700 DOSES, GOT THE PAPERWORK, GOING THROUGH THE FINAL STAGES OF BEING SIGNED OFF. SHOULD START NEXT WEEK

SIMON: HOW ARE OUR OXYGEN SUPPLIES HOLDING UP AND CAN WE HELP THE UK WHO ARE RUNNING LOW?

DAVID: OUR OWN OXYGEN PLANT GIVES US RESILIENCE AND WE ARE STILL RECEIVING UK DELIVERIES. WE CAN’T PRODUCE AT MASS SCALE TO EXPORT TO THE UK 

TIM: CASES – 1 UNKNOWN TRANSMISSION TODAY AND 1 YESTERDAY. HAVE WE NO IDEA WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM?

DR H: DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’VE COME FROM SO CLASSED AS SPORADIC COMMUNITY SPREAD. DIFFICULT TO TRACKBACK SO THE FOCUS NOW IS ON STOPPING FORWARD LINES OF TRANSMISSION 

TIM: WE’RE HEARING CONCERNS OVER GETTING THE ELDERLY TO VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS SAFELY…

DAVID: CAR SHARING IS ON THE BANNED LIST. BUT IF YOU ARE THE USUAL CARER, YOU CAN DO SO, PROVIDING YOU AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD ARE WELL WITH NO SYMPTOMS AND NOT VULNERABLE YOURSELVES. WEAR A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE

PAUL: THE NUMBERS ARE STILL GOING UP. YOU SAID YOU NEEDED 2 WEEKS CLEAR BEFORE LIFTING MEASURES. HOW LONG WILL LOCKDOWN STAY IN PLACE? AND CAN YOU SHARE AGE RANGES OF CASES, AWARE THERE IS AN INFANT?

DR H: WE WILL PUBLISH AGES AS PART OF DASHBOARD EVENTUALLY

HOWARD: LOOKING FOR 14 DAYS OF NO NEW UNEXPLAINED CASES IN THE COMMUNITY. WE’VE FINISHED FIRST WEEK OF LOCKDOWN, LOOKING UNLIKELY THAT WE’LL BE OUT IN 14 DAYS, HOPE TO SHARE MORE INFO ON FRIDAY 

PAUL: SO THE DECISION WILL MADE BASED ON THE CASES THAT ARE SURPRISING YOU?

HOWARD: COMIN WILL BE GUIDED BY EXPERT ADVICE 

PAUL: HOW MANY TRAVEL CASES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT ON DAY 13 TEST?

DR H: NONE

PAUL: GOOD NEWS IS IT?

DR H: NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD

HELEN: WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ENSURE PEOPLE ARE STICKING TO DISTANCING AND FACE COVERING RULES? THERE HAVE BEEN SOME COMPLAINTS ABOUT GROUPS MEETING NOT FROM THE SAME FAMILY?

HOWARD: AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH. POLICE HAVE TOLD US THAT MOST ARE STICKING TO THE RULES. CONTACT THE POLICE IF YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE BREAKING THE RULES / LAWS

DAVID: ON MASKS. WE HAVEN’T LEGALLY ENFORCED MASKS, THOUGH THEY ARE *STRONGLY* RECOMMENDED. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE A LEGIT REASONS FOR NOT WEARING A MASK. MOST PEOPLE ARE ABIDING BY THE RULES. THE VIRUS IS OUT THERE. EVERYONE SHOULD ACT AS IF THEY HAVE THE VIRUS 

HELEN: BORDERS FRAMEWORK, SOME ARE CONFUSED ABOUT WHETHER IT’S 5A OR 5B?

HOWARD: AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH. WE’RE ON 5B. STRONGLY ADVISE TRAVELLING OFF ISLAND, WE MIGHT HAVE TO REACT QUICKLY TO CHANGE STRATEGY SO CAN’T GUARANTEE YOUR RETURN

AL BELL: WHAT IS UPTAKE OF RETURNING TRAVELLERS CHOOSING TO TAKE THE 3 X TEST?

DAVID: OVER 90% ARE CHOOSING TO TEST OTHERWISE IT’S 21 DAYS ISO 

DR H: SAMES

AL BELL: THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE THE TEST, WHAT IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF THEM BEING POSITIVE AFTER 21 DAYS?

DAVID: VERY UNLIKELY 

DR H: SAMES. RISK IS LOW BUT NO ZERO 

AL BELL: IS IT A RISK WORTH TAKING?

DAVID: YES

DR HEN: SAMES

SAM: WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT NOT REQUESTING THAT KEY WORKERS COMING TO THE ISLAND TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE THEY TRAVEL?

DR H: LOTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS SO THERE CAN BE FALSE NEGATIVES OR POSITIVES. DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEY WEREN’T SHEDDING WHEN TESTED. WE COULD NOT ACCEPT A NEGATIVE PRE TRAVEL TEST AS ANY MITIGATION

TESTS COULD IDENTIFY SOME BUT MISS OTHERS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE DONE, BUT OUR MITIGATIONS WHEN PEOPLE GET HERE ARE STRONG

MOST OF THE PEOPLE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE MANX RESIDENTS. A LOT OF TRAVEL IS TO THE UK FOR SHORT PERIODS SO TRYING TO GET A TEST ORGANISED IS A LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE. 

SHOULD THEY TEST POSITIVE, THEY NEED TO FIND ACCOMMODATION AND INCUR COSTS 

AS CM HAS SAID, PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE LEAVING, BUT IF THEY DO AND COME BACK WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE STRENGTH OF THE SELF ISOLATION AND RETURN TESTING POLICY

HOWARD: IF YOU TAKE A TEST WITH 50 / 60 % ACCURACY IT MIGHT GIVE YOU A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY. NHS TESTS AREN’T GOLD STANDARD. OUR WAY IS BETTER.

SAM: IF UK VACCINATES KEY WORKERS FIRST, WILL WE FOLLOW?

DAVID: WE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON VACCINATION IMMUNISATION WHICH ADVISES ON VAX AND ROLLOUTS. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT THE UK IS SAYING

VACCINE SPLIT INTO TWO KEY PHASES 1ST PHASE VULNERABLE. 2ND PHASE KEY WORKERS INCLUDED. THEY’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT JUMPING THE AGE RANGE PHASE BUT MAYBE MOVING SOME KEY WORKERS UP THE LIST IN THE 2ND PHASE. BUT NOT JUMPING RIGHT TO THE FRONT OF THE ENTIRE QUEUE. JCVI LOOKING AT IT, THE UK WILL FOLLOW THEIR GUIDANCE AND SO WILL WE.

DR H: 1ST PHASE WILL HAVE ROLL OUT VACCINE TO OVER 50’S AND MEDICALLY VULNERABLE 16+. SO IT WILL PICK UP SOME KEY WORKERS ANYWAY 

DAVID: OVER 50 AND VULNERABLE SHOULD BE VACCINATED BY THE END OF MAY WITH BOTH DOSES. OTHER COUNTRIES ARE SAYING APRIL, BUT THAT’S ONLY WITH ONE DOSE. WE’RE GOING ALL THE WAY 

ROB: CASES WERE REPORTED BY POSTCODE IN THE FIRST WAVE, YOU GONNA DO IT AGAIN FOR CLARITY?

HOWARD: WE CAN ASK THE TEAM 

DR H: NO REASON WE CAN’T PRODUCE THE SAME DASHBOARD, SUBJECT TO CAPACITY. CONTACT TRACING IS THE PRIORITY RIGHT NOW.

ROB: IS THERE COVID ADVICE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ARE VISUALLY OR AUDIBLY IMPAIRED?

DAVID: WORKING WITH MANX BLIND WELFARE AND THE BRIEFINGS ARE BROADCAST ON AUDIO 

JOSH: ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH HOW THE GOV IS COMMUNICATING THIS TIME ROUND? AND HAPPY WITH COMPLIANCE?

HOWARD: COMPLIANCE IS GOOD, MATTER FOR POLICE. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT CALL THE POLICE 

WE ARE LEARNING ALL THE TIME ABOUT SHARING INFORMATION. TEAM ARE FLAT OUT CONTACT TRACING, SO OTHERS THINGS SLIP SOMETIMES. 

GIVE US THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.

DAVID: I LOVE COMMUNICATION. YOU CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE COMMUNICATION, THINGS CHANGE DAILY IN A PANDEMIC, SO IT’S CONSTANT STRUGGLE. I’VE BEEN LOOKING AT HOW OTHER GOVERNMENTS DO IT, AND WE’RE COMMUNICATING MORE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES WHO JUST BANG OUT PRESS RELEASES AND STATS 

JOSH: HOW ARE CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SPREAD?

DR H: BEGINNING TO SEE THE BENEFIT OF THE LOCKDOWN. WE ARE GETTING ‘ONES AND TWOS’ OF SPORADIC CASES BUT WE CAN CLOSE THEM DOWN QUICKLY AND THEY WEREN’T OUT AND ABOUT WHEN POSITIVE. 

WE ALWAYS NEED TO BE GUIDED BY OUR MOST RECENT POSITIVE CASES, IF WE KEEP SEEING SPORADIC CASES WE NEED A 14 DAY GAP

CLOSING 

SEE YOU FRIDAY, OR BEFORE IF ANYTHING BIG COMES UP 

WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS IF WE WORK TOGETHER 

*CTRL ALT V*

STAY HOME, WASH YOUR HANDS, CALL 111 IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS