HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY 

WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE 

NUMBERS

  • 1 RESULT AWAITING

  • 56 NEW CASES

  • 369 ACTIVE TOTAL

  • 8 IN HOSPITAL

    • 1 ICU

  • SNAPSHOT AS ALWAYS, MAY INCREASE AS THE DAY GOES ON

HOWARD

WE’RE TESTING LOADS OF PEOPLE

AROUND 14% ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE 

DR HENNY

OF 369 ACTIVE CASES – 135 ARE IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO 19 YEARS OLD

WE WILL EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES COMING THROUGH UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK 

CASES AFTER THAT WILL BE LARGELY RELATED TO HOUSEHOLD TRANSMISSION 

CASE IN HOUSEHOLDS SHOULD SELF ISO AWAY FROM OTHERS. AS THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IT’S TOUGH AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S HARD TO DO

WE EXPECT TO SEE A RUNOFF OF HOUSEHOLD CASES AS A RESULT. EXPECT OLDER HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS TO START SHOWING UP MORE IN THE FIGURES 

HOWARD 

STAY AT HOME 

FACTS;

  • VIRUS MOVES FAST FROM PERSON TO PERSON

  • MIXING WITH PEOPLE = INCREASED TRANSMISSION

111 UNDER MASSIVE PRESSURE 

CASE NUMBERS IN HEALTH SERVICE CAUSING CONCERN 

AS THINGS STAND, THE HOSPITAL IS COPING 

WE CANNOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO DESTABILISE VACCINATION 

DAVID

HAD TO PAUSE ELECTIVE SURGERY 

MINIMISE FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT AS STAFF DEAL WITH COVID RESPONSE

PRIVATE PATIENT WARD (19) ONLINE SO SIDE ROOM CAN BE USED 

HOPE SERVICES WILL BE REINSTATED WHEN IT IS SAFE 

VAX

  • INCREASED SUPPLY THIS WEEK

  • LETTERS GOING OUT TO OVER 60 AND CLINICALLY VULNERABLE

  • DELIVERY SCHEDULES VARY

  • STOCK FIGURES ARE A POINT IN TIME AND INCLUDE ALL APPOINTMENTS BOOKED OR IN THE PROCESS OF BEING CONFIRMED

  • BUFFER OF 5-10 DAYS – SHOULD THE DELIVERY SCHEDULE BE DISRUPTED OUR VACCINE PROGRAMME WOULD BE DISRUPTED

  • IF THERE IS SUPPLY DISRUPTION THERE WOULD NEED TO BE CANCELLATIONS OR REBOOKING APPOINTMENTS

  • IF YOU ARE IN ISOLATION UNDER DIRECTION NOTICE, YOU CAN’T GET A VACCINE

  • IF A PERSON IS SHIELDING YOU CAN ATTEND

  • YOU CAN’T CHOOSE WHICH BRAND YOU WANT, BOTH EFFECTIVE, JUST TAKE THE ONE OFFERED

  • ONLINE FORM NOW ACTIVE – BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVE A LETTER

  • YOU WON’T BE ALLOCATED AN APPOINTMENT UNLESS YOU ARE IN ONE OF THE PRIORITY GROUPS

  • DON’T REGISTER IF NOT, AS IT IS MORE WORK FOR 111

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE STAFF HAVE BEEN ABUSED. THEY’VE WORKED THERE ARSES OFF FOR 12 MONTHS TO KEEP US SAFE. 

LAST YEAR WE WERE CLAPPING THEM. WE SHOULD SHOW COMMUNITY KINDNESS AGAIN 

HOWARD 

LACK OF RESPECT FOR HEALTH WORKERS JUST ISN’T ON 

LAST WEEK WE HAD TO SUSPEND HUB SCHOOLS

WE NEED TO ENSURE CRITICAL KEY WORKERS HAVE CHILDCARE 

DR AL 

SINCE THURSDAY WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH PRIVATE SECTOR AND OTHER GOV DEPARTMENTS ON A SOLUTION 

WE KNOW WE’RE NOT AT THE PEAK

I WANTED TO OPEN A HUB TOMORROW 

BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE A RISK ASSESSMENT 

COMEN DISCUSSED IT THIS MORNING, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE 

AS WE APPROACH THE PEAK, WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT BRINGING KIDS FROM MULTIPLE HOUSEHOLDS TOGETHER IN THE SAME PLACE AS WE KNOW MIXING IS THE BIGGEST SPREADER

SO WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO GO AHEAD

BUT WE’RE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO CREATE PROVISION FOR CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE CRITICAL WORKERS

FURTHER UPDATE THIS WEEK 

PLEASE KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME 

TEACHERS REMAIN DEDICATED. REMOTE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE 

HOWARD ON THE – EXIT STRATEGY 

  • BRIEFING TYNWALD TOMORROW

  • THEN IT WILL GO ON THE WEBSITE

  • IT WILL SHOW YOU OUR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL

QUESTIONS

HELEN: HOW MANY ICU BEDS ARE CURRENTLY TAKEN UP?

DAVID: 6 PATIENTS, ONE IS COVID. BUT WE CAN EXPAND ICU IF WE NEED TO. 

HELEN: IS THERE A DANGER OF THERE NOT BEING ENOUGH BEDS?

DAVID: NOPE, WE CAN DOUBLE IT IF WE NEED TO 

HELEN: POLICE WANT VACCINES?

DAVID: VACCINE DOESN’T HELP WITH RESILIENCE, DOESN’T REMOVE TRANSMISSION. TESTING PATHWAYS WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL

HOWARD: COMEN LOOKING AT TESTING SOON FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES

LEANNE: HAS ANYONE OPTED NOT TO GET VACCINATED?

DAVID: NOT AWARE, AS IT’S NOT OPT-IN OR OPT-OUT. LETTERS AREN’T TIME LIMITED 

LEANNE: GIVEN HIGH NUMBER OF CASES, DO YOU ANTICIPATE THIS LOCKDOWN WILL BE EASED MORE GRADUALLY?

HOWARD: ONCE WE HAVE A STEER ON NUMBER OF CASES WE’LL BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS. LEARNING ALL THE TIME

TIM: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SELF ISOLATING?

DAVID: TOTAL PEOPLE = 2,843. THIS INCLUDES TRAVELLERS TOO. 

DR HENNY: WILL SHARE THE DETAILS AFTER. 1,417 ARE KNOWN CLOSE CONTACTS. REVIEWING PATHWAYS AS LARGE NUMBERS IN ISOLATION CAUSES PROBLEMS 

TIM: BACKBENCHERS HAVE BEEN KICKING OFF, CHIEF CONSTABLE TOO. YOU ARE SURPRISED PEOPLE ARE ANGRY, THEY ARE. PEOPLE WANT HUMILITY AND AN APOLOGY.

HOWARD: APOLOGY FOR WHAT? WE’RE TRYING ARE BEST. WE HAVE A HIGHLY DEDICATED TEAM DOING THEIR BEST. 

BACKBENCHERS ARE ELECTIONEERING. WE’RE NOT PERFECT, BUT WE’RE DOING OUR BEST. 

8 GOOD MONTHS. SURPRISED THAT PEOPLE ARE DESPONDENT WITH THE GOV.

WE’VE ENJOYED 8 MONTHS OF NO LOCKDOWN. THIRD TIME IS MOST REGRETTABLE. BLAME THE VIRUS, NOT US. 

MOST DISAPPOINTING. 

DAVID: NATURAL, FEELS LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY. WE ALWAYS SAID IT COULD COME BACK. I’M ALWAYS ON MANX RADIO. THE FACTS ARE CHANGING, HOUR BY HOUR, DAY BY DAY. 

DAMNED IF WE DO, DAMNED IF WE DON’T.

NATURAL FOR PEOPLE TO BE WORRIED. THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. VACCINE AND EXIT STRATEGY 

PEOPLE SHOULD BE FOCUSSING ON THAT. IN TIME, WE WILL GET THERE. 

AL BELL: SOME PEOPLE STILL HAVEN’T HAD A TEST DATE. IS THE TESTING SERVICE OVERWHELMED?

DAVID: SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO WAIT FOR A FEW DAYS. WE’RE LOOKING INTO IT. MOST PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED. 

DEMANDS HAVE BEEN UNPRECEDENTED. PERFECT STORM – SCHOOL CLUSTER, VACCINE LETTERS. 

WE WILL GET THROUGH THEM.

DR HENNY: YES, WE’VE HEARD THE REPORTS. WE ARE NOT SURE WHY IT’S HAPPENING AS CAPACITY SHOULD ALLOW FLOW, SO WE ARE REVIEWING IT.

AL BELL: ANY INDICATION ON WHEN KEY WORKER KIDS CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL?

DR AL: WE KNOW IT’S TOUGH, WE ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK. WE NEED TO GET IT RIGHT NOT RUSHED. TOMORROW WAS TOO SOON. SORRY ABOUT THAT. 

WHILE WE HAVE A DEVELOPING SITUATION WE NEED TO KEEP KIDS AT HOME.

SIMON: HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS RISING. THIS MUST POSE A THREAT AT A MAJOR PINCH POINT IN THE HOSPITAL AS KIDS PASS IT ON TO OLDER PEOPLE?

DAVID: YES IT COULD. SUGGESTING PEOPLE ISOLATE AWAY FROM OTHERS IN HOUSEHOLDS. TRY NOT TO MIX. 

WE ARE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THE LOCKDOWN CIRCUIT BREAK MEASURES HAVE AN IMPACT 

DR HENNY: GOOD NEWS SO FAR IS THAT NUMBERS ARE LOW IN OLDER AGE BRACKETS. UNLIKELY TO BE A BIG ISSUE. KEEP OLDER HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS AWAY FROM KIDS IF YOU CAN.

SIMON: WHEN LOCKDOWN ENDS, DO YOU THINK MEASURES WILL CONTINUE IN SCHOOL? MASKS AND DISTANCING?

DR AL: UK USING LATERAL FLOW TESTS AND A DEGREE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. KENT VARIANT HAS PRODUCED SOME ODD CASES. NOT SURE WHY KIDS ARE BEING INFECTED SO MUCH, NOT SURE IF IT’S AN ISLAND THING. HOPING TO OFFER VACCINATION TO KIDS WHEN IT’S SIGNED OFF. 

CANCELLING EXAMS BUYS US SOME TIME TO HELP KIDS. 

SAM: WHY CAN’T WE GO FURTHER WITH A FULL DIGITAL SOLUTION FOR TESTING AND VACCINES? THERE ARE LOADS OF PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT CAN BUILD IT FOR YOU?

DAVID: BECAUSE OF THE DELIVERIES SCHEDULE. WE NEED TO DO IT MANUALLY. WE DON’T WANT TO BOOK TO MANY IN ADVANCE. DON’T WANT TO MAKE MORE WORK FOR THE TEAM. 

SAM: BUT CAN’T YOU JUST OPEN A FULL DIGITAL SYSTEM FOR THE DATES WE KNOW WE HAVE A SUPPLY FOR?

DAVID: AT THE MOMENT SAM, 1,000 PER DAY, THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK. AFTER THAT WE BELIEVE WE CAN MAINTAIN IT. THE ONLY SUPPLY FOR CERTAIN IS THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK. 

SAM: WHY ARE FACTORY WORKERS STILL BEING SENT TO WORK WITH UP TO 50 PEOPLE WORKING IN ENCLOSED SPACE – SHOULD THEY STILL BE WORKING?

HQ – THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES ARE MAKING THINGS FOR THE BIG WIDE WORLD, IF THEY ARE NOT PROVIDED THEN JOBS WILL BE LOST. WE’VE ASKED COMPANIES TO PUT IN MITIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE STAFF. COMPANIES SHOULD BE FOLLOWING THE MITIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE STAFF.

PAUL: YOU TOLD MEMBERS OF TYNWALD 108 CASES THIS MORNING?

DAVID: SNAPSHOT IN TIME – THE BRIEFING TO TYNWALD MEMBERS WAS SHARING WHAT WE EXPECT THE NUMBERS TO BE AT THE END OF THE DAY. 

THE NUMBERS I READ OUT TODAY HAVE BEEN FED INTO THE MEDICAL SYSTEMS. EXPECT TO SEE MORE, LIE I SAID AT THE START 

PAUL: WHAT ARE THE BLOODY SYMPTOMS? SOME PEOPLE GETTING A HEADACHE?

DR HENNY: NICE SMILE TODAY PAUL. I ALWAYS LOVE TALKING TO YOU. GOOGLE IT HUN. EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT LISTS. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE VAGUE AND NON SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS. PEOPLE COULD BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND HAVE A RANDOM SYMPTOM. 

NOT PLANNING TO CHANGE 111 CRITERIA. 

PAUL: SHOULDN’T A HEADACHE BE ON THE LIST?

DR HENNY: COULD BE THAT SOMEONE IS ASYMPTOMATIC AND HAS A HEADACHE. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH DATA. 

PAUL: SO PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE UP OTHER SYMPTOMS IF THEY WANT TO BE TESTED?

DR HENNY: NOPE, HEADLINE SYMPTOMS ARE A SCREEN FOR COVID. NO PERFECT WAY OF DOING IT. 

HOWARD: THIS ISN’T EASY BUT WE GO WITH THE EVIDENCE. STICKING WITH CURRENT POSITION.

LAST AND LEAST, JOSH STOKES: STEAM PACKET – WHAT HAVE YOU ASKED THE CHIEF SEC TO INVESTIGATE?

HOWARD: ASKED HIM TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO INVESTIGATE, SO WE CAN LEARN FROM IT AND ENSURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. 

JOSH: PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. SHOULDN’T THE GOV BE TAKING IT MORE SERIOUSLY?

HOWARD: WE ARE, WE’RE HAVING A REVIEW. KEEPING AN OPEN MIND UNTIL I GET THE REPORT. WILL SHARE IT IN THE FUTURE. 

JOSH: HOW CLOSELY ALIGNED IS OUR EXIT STRATEGY WITH THE UK?

HOWARD: UK COME UP WITH DATES AND DON’T DELIVER.

DAVID: DATES IN THE ENGLAND PLAN ARE EARLIER DATES. IT’S DATA NOT DATES THAT WILL DRIVE THE PROCESS 

JOSH: WILL THERE BE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS AT THE END OF THIS LOCKDOWN?

DAVID: NEED TO SEE WHAT THE DATA SAYS 

JOSH: WILL 21 DAYS BE EXTENDED?

HOWARD: STILL TOO EARLY TO SAY, LOOKS LIKELY THAT WE MAY HAVE TO BUT LET’S WAIT FOR MORE DATA 

CLOSING 

STAY AT HOME

RESPECT THE RULES 

THANKS

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