IOM GOV BRIEFING – 4th MARCH

HOWARD, ASHY, DR HENNY, DR AL 

WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE 

NUMBERS

  • 12 RESULTS OUTSTANDING

  • 36 NEW CASES

  • TOTAL ACTIVE CASES 106

  • 2 IN HOSPITAL

  • 21 FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES

HOWARD

WE EXPECTED IT TO HAPPEN 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CASES AS THE VIRUS INCUBATES 

THIS IS WHY STAYING AT HOME IS SO IMPORTANT – CAN’T EMPHASISE IT ENOUGH 

WITH THE NUMBER OF CASES WE HAVE, AND A LOCKDOWN – WE DON’T NEED TO PUBLISH LOW-RISK VENUES ANYMORE 

WITH AN OUTBREAK – WE NEED EVERYONE TO RING 111 IF THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN 

IF THERE IS A HIGH-RISK VENUE. WE’LL LET YOU KNOW

DR HENNY 

GENOMICS – ALL CASES TRACE BACK TO THE STEAM PACKET CLUSTER 

WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF LATEST CASES LINK TO THIS TOO

OVERWHELMING IN KIDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE, WORKING AGE ADULTS 

40 OF CURRENT CASES AGED 5-19 

SPREAD THROUGH HOUSEHOLD MIXING, SOCIAL EVENTS AND SCHOOLS 

HOWARD 

WE NEED TO PROTECT KEY SERVICES

THIS MORNING WE HAD 500 PEOPLE IDENTIFIED AS CLOSE CONTACTS 

IF THIS NUMBER RISES IT COULD IMPACT EMERGENCY SERVICES, FOOD RETAIL ETC 

THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO STAY AT HOME WHEREVER YOU CAN 

SCHOOL PLACES ARE FOR THOSE WHO REALLY NEED THEM 

COMIN LADS HAVE MADE SOME CHANGES TO THE PEOPLE WHO CAN ACCESS SCHOOLS 

OVER TO DR AL 

INCREASE IN CASES IS A CAUSE FOR CONCERN, WE NEED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY 

ALWAYS STRIVED TO KEEP SCHOOL 

LOCKDOWN 1 – 300 

BY YESTERDAY THERE WERE 800

IT’S PUTTING PRESSURE ON 

WE HAVE DISTANCING, MASKS, LOTS OF CLEANING 

WE FEEL IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO ACT IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY

KIDS CAN ONLY GO WHEN THE KEY WORKER IS WORKING AND IF NO ONE ELSE IS AT HOME

FINANCIAL SERVICES BEING REMOVED FROM ESSENTIAL WORKERS LIST 

SORRY ABOUT THE EXTRA MEASURES BUT THIS IS SERIOUS 

HOWARD

CALL 111 IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS 

111 ARE SWAMPED – ONLY CALL THEM IF YOU NEED TO 

TEAM HAVE CALLED AND BOOKED TESTS FOR ST NINIAN’S 

PLEASE ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU NEED TO REPORT SYMPTOMS 

VACCINATION BOOKINGS ON PAUSE UNTIL THEY GET EVERYONE BOOKED IN 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT LINE (NON-MEDICAL) 686262 IS UP AND RUNNING – THEY’RE BUSY TOO 

DAVID

VACCINE PROGRAMME WON’T SLOW DOWN 

NO ONE WILL GET THEIR VACCINE LATER THAN THEY WOULD

NUMBERS – YESTERDAY’S JAB FIGURES WERE LOW – NOT UNUSUAL 

IT WAS A CARE HOME DAY AND THERE WAS A SET DATE FOR VACCINATION 

WE NEED DAYS OF HIGH THROUGHOUT 

3 DAYS OF HIGH VOLUMES RATHER THAN 7 DAYS OF LOW 

WE CAN ONLY VACCINATE TO SUPPLY 

FROM NEXT WEEK SUPPLIES INCREASE

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS WE’LL OPERATE 5 DAYS A WEEK – 1,000 A DAY TARGET 

TOWARDS THE END OF MARCH, WE WILL BE RECEIVING 10,000 EXTRA DOSES THAT WE WEREN’T EXPECTING 

IF YOU’VE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ASKED TO SHIELD, DO IT AGAIN. EVEN IF YOU HAVE HAD THE VACCINE, IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD UP 

WE ARE STILL SEEING PEOPLE WITHOUT THE MENTAL CAPACITY TO CONSENT. THEY NEED TO GO THROUGH THE BEST INTEREST PROCESS, VIA GP. 

IF THE PERSON HASN’T BEEN THROUGH THE PROCESS, THEY CAN’T BE VACCINATED

AND YOU CAN’T JUST ROCK UP TO BOOK A VACCINE AT A HUB 

WE’VE BEEN WORKING FOR SOME TIME FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR VACCINES

FILL IN THE DETAILS ONLINE, THEN 111 WILL CALL 

MORE INFO ON DIGITAL SOLUTION EARLY NEXT WEEK 

HOWARD 

EXIT STRATEGY DUE EARLY NEXT WEEK 

SORRY FOR THE DELAY, IT’S POSITIVE THO AS WE ARE GETTING LOADS MORE VACCINE 

QUESTIONS 

TIM: HIGHEST DAILY NUMBER YET. SYMPTOMS AREN’T UP TO DATE ON THE WEBSITE, WHAT ARE THEY?

DR HENNY: NOT SURE WHERE THE CLAIM THAT KENT HAS DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS HAS COME FROM. NO EVIDENCE 

CLINICAL CASE DEFINITION: NO ONE STANDARD INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION 

OK THANK YOU 

TIM: WE GOT SENT SOME CONTACTS YESTERDAY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MISSING OFF THE VAX LIST. ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT THE DATA YOU HAVE IS CORRECT? ARE YOU COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE. 

DAVID: BREAKING. THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH THE SEARCH CRITERIA IN THE SYSTEM. ALL GP’S ARE LOOKING AGAIN AND THEY WILL MANUALLY CHECK THE CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE 

AL BELL: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY IN SELF ISOLATION?

DR HENNY: ONE SEC. OK, CURRENTLY IN SELF ISOLATION – 1579

OF THOSE 477 ARE RELATED TO THE CURRENT CLUSTER 

AL BELL: CAPACITY FOR DAILY TESTING? CAN IT BE INCREASED?

DAVID: 800 PER DAY. WE CAN GO FURTHER IF REQUIRED. BUT WE WOULD NEED TO REDUCE OTHER SERVICES TO STAFF IT 

SIMON: WE HAVE 70-YEAR-OLD LADY ON DIALYSIS. SO SHE SHOULD GET HER APPOINTMENT SOON?

DAVID: DEPENDS HOW GP HAVE CLASSIFIED, SHE SHOULD BE PICKED UP BY THE REVIEW. OR SHE COULD BE IN CATEGORY 4 – CLINICALLY VULNERABLE RATHER THEN EXTREMELY CLINICALLY VULNERABLE

SIMON: KIDS AND AND YOUNG ADULTS GETTING IT. WHAT VARIANT IS IT?

HOWARD: IT’S KENT

DR HENNY: YEAH 

SIMON: WILL WE BE LOCKED DOWN FOR LONGER THAN 3 WEEKS?

HOWARD: TOO EARLY TO SAY. LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE EXTENDED. BUT LET’S WAIT AND SEE.

SAM: GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FIRST JAB, HOW MANY WILL YOU PRIORITISE?

DAVID: BEING CAUTIOUS AROUND THE TARGET. WE HAVE ALREADY PRIORITISED THE FIRST DOSE. PEOPLE GET CONFUSED WHEN THEY SEE STOCK RETAINED. WE ARE AN ISLAND SO WE NEED A CONTINGENCY TO GIVE PEOPLE THEIR SECOND DOSE ON TIME 

THE FIGURE INCLUDES ALL THOSE WHO ARE BOOKED FOR A VACCINE. WE ARE PRIORITISING AND WE ARE PUSHING FORWARD FIRST DOSES.

SAM: DO WE HAVE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF JABS WE CAN DELIVER IN ONE DAY?

DAVID: WE VAX EVERYONE IN ONE DAY AND THEN WE STOP AS WE HAVE NO MORE SUPPLY

SAM: WILL WE GET MORE RESULTS TONIGHT?

LAB WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK. RESULTS COMING THROUGH ALL HOURS. LAB WORK CONTINUOUSLY GOES ON. THEY’RE WORKING VERY HARD. SOMETIMES I GET UPDATES AT 11.30 

PAUL: NO LONGER REPORTING ON LOW-RISK PLACES?

HOWARD: YEAH, WE’RE IN LOCKDOWN. WE’LL TALK ABOUT HIGH-RISK VENUES

DR HENNY: IF YOU ARE A HIGH-RISK CONTACT – WE GO DIRECT TO THE PEOPLE. 

PAUL: SCHOOLS – IS THERE CASE FOR DOING RAPID LATERAL TESTS TO PROTECT KEY WORKERS AND TEACHERS?

HOWARD: TESTS OFFERED TO ALL TEACHERS AT HUBS

DR AL: GOOD QUESTION. UK HAVE INTRODUCED HOME TESTING, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT PREVIOUSLY BUT THEY JUST PROVIDE A SNAPSHOT AND EFFICACY IS LOW. ALWAYS RELIED ON PCR AS IT’S MORE RELIABLE. PROFESSIONAL SWABBERS. TRYING TO CONTROL AND ELIMINATE THE VIRUS NOT MITIGATE 

DR HENNY: KEEPING IT UNDER REVIEW FOR WHEN WE HAVE A MITIGATION APPROACH 

PAUL: HOW OFTEN DO YOU TEST THE TEACHERS?

DR AL: VOLUNTARY – TO RESPOND TO TEACHERS CONCERNS. IT’S NOT ROUTINE TESTING 

HELEN: ARE TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH QE2 YEAR 7 BEING ASKED TO SELF ISOLATE?

DR AL: 171 STUDENTS SELF ISOLATING. NO OBVIOUS RISK TO TEACHERS AND STAFF SO THEY ARE NOT BEING ASKED TO SELF ISOLATE. 

WE’RE LOOKING AT INDIVIDUAL CASES AND RESPONDING PROPORTIONATELY 

HELEN: 111 RESOURCE – WHAT RESOURCE HAS BEEN REDIRECTED?

DAVID: PEOPLE CAN’T REGISTER FOR A VACCINE UNTIL SATURDAY. WE HAVE INCREASED MANPOWER. THE SCHOOL ISSUES HAVE BEEN THE PRIORITY – IT’S LARGER SCALE THAN WE COULD HAVE ANTICIPATED 

HOWARD: PERFECT STORM. BIGGEST SCHOOL YEAR GROUPS. BIG UP TO THE TEAM, THEY’VE BEEN TREMENDOUS

LEANNE: HYDRO HAVE TO SELF ISOLATE BUT PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE BRIDGE LAXEY HAVEN’T?

DR HENNY: BASED ON CONTACT TRACERS ASSESSMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT.  

HOWARD: NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL. IF YOU’RE AT A GIG YOU’RE CRAMMED IN. SPREAD OUT A BIT MORE IN THE PUB. 

CLOSING 

STAY AT HOME 

IT’S IN ALL OF YOUR HANDS

THANKS