HQ, David, Dr Al, Dr Ewart – Special Guest Ross Bailey head of mental health
Well good afternoon everyone
Sorry we had to postpone our update yesterday
Today is also the anniversary of our first case of Covid – sad reminder
Total tests 42,346
No results awaiting process
21 new cases
862 active cases
20 in hospital
Nice to see those numbers going down
Also glad to see that ‘unlinked cases’ is coming down
Only four unlinked cases today – still too many
Unlink cases = uncertainty
While this continues it makes it tough to make bold decisions about changing the measures in place
The outbreak curve is doing what we want it to do – slower than we’d like to see
We’re more than two weeks into our circuit breaker, we would have expected that curve to be lower
Raises the question – why we are still seeing these cases?
Kent Variant – Seems to give a longer infective period than other variants we’re used too. People are still being positive after day 13 test.
People’s behaviour – People not sticking to rules
The positivity rate – the proportion of tests of people testing positive. This is coming down, we are now down at a 6% positivity rate.
Young people and children, new cases in this age group are going right down. Good news.
Behaviour is critical
The GMP is doing the right thing by staying at home
This is protecting our most vulnerable, health service and our vax programme.
Every unexplained case risks prolonging lockdown
We all need to take responsibility
Don’t think the rules don’t apply to you
Don’t pop to your mates
Don’t go to work if you don’t have too
If you have any symptoms STAY AT HOME and call 111
I want to be frank and honest
As things stand we can’t make any significant changes to the lockdown measures before 6th April
When we came out of restrictions in the last two lockdowns we had no unexplained cases
The vax programme is delivering at some pace
We need a decent safety period
Around 6th April before we look at easing some restrictions
Probably 12th April before we open up
This is only if we have ZERO unexplained cases
We won’t be ready to open up hospitality, non-essential retail, lifestyle or other businesses till after the Easter weekend
COMAN will only look at reopening Schools after Easter Holidays
Not ready for construction or trade to return next week
We may be ready for outdoor construction to resume and outdoor activity as a first stage – around 6th April
Treasury is sorting out extensions – will update on Monday
SINGLE HOUSEHOLD BUBBLE
Not seeing loved ones is tough but a longer lockdown will make it harder
We are ready to allow people who are alone or lone parent to get support from one other single household.
This is a one to one relationship with another household
No multiple household mixing
Cannot chop and change
One dedicated single household with one person
Our emotional well being has an impact on our behaviour
Given the current sitch, it’s hard and there’s no handbook on how to deal with a pandemic
Things to look out for:
Low Mood and Anxiety Signs and Symptoms
Struggling to sleep
Feeling of emptiness
Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
If you recognise this in yourself or others, it’s good to talk. There’s help out there
Check out the Areyouok website
Ross’s top tips
Learning – boosts wellbeing
Give – Acts of kindness can increase happiness
Don’t be overly self-critical
Pay attention to the people around you and yourself
Lots of local charities out there to help
Exit plan is a living document
We will revise it as things get clearer
The doc shows the milestones and what data is important to our decision making
UK and the rest of the world have an impact
UK news is positive – rates are decreasing, the vax programme is good.
Our hospital is under pressure
Big thanks to our vax team and everyone who’s had an appointment
More than 25,000 people have received 1st dose
DAVID *lots of updates today*
Blood clots – no established link with the vaccine
European Medical Agency is looking at the 33 cases out of 5m
No establish of a link
EMA – Safe and effective, continues to certify it as safe
The countries that paused it have now resumed using it
WHO – recommends it and certifies that it’s safe
MHRA – After review, have endorsed the vaccine
Independent Group of Commission of Human Medicine – have investigated and is endorsing the vax as safe to use
International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis- no established link, strongly recommend people to still get jabbed
The UK and EU have given millions of AstraZeneca with next to no flagged reports of blood clots – which is lower than an unvaccinated population
You may have seen the news about delays in vaccines
Recently we increased 2nd dose to 10 weeks in line with trial data
In light of the announcement, we will be moving 2nd doses to 12 weeks
Next week we’re holding a vax clinic for adults with learning disabilities
If you know someone who has a learning disability contact the learning disability service 698326 or 685102 – do not ring 111
Vax will be given in a calm environment – Greenfield Park Resource Centre. Only 2 people getting vaxxed at any one time
HEALTH CARE SETTINGS
If you are attending any health care settings on the island you will be given a ppe mask – safety for our health care staff
Please respect this request
Thanks to our Health and Social Care Colleagues
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Open your windows
Got my jab today – ‘Needle shy, but happy with it’
Aaron – Hospital admissions and police services stretched, shouldn’t there be more emphasis on protecting our emergency services? Why haven’t we reintroduced other measures, like 40mph limit for example?
DA – 40mph was when we didn’t know the direction of travel in the 1st lockdown, it’s a last resort. We are protecting our frontline workers. The pressures from the hospital are coming from covid.
Aaron – Track and Trace and 111 have been stretched through this lockdown, is there any regret not taking up offers from the island’s private sector such as app offers?
DA – We have a very good physical team, it’s a forensic approach. We have offered a personal touch.
Paul – Complaints you’ve had from the public, how many people have written to you that said that, or do you not like doing it?
HQ – We’ve been doing the same style for a year, 3rd of people switch off when we get to the questions. Some of the questions are outstanding but if we’re losing the audience we need to spice it up. We’re advertising with ALL of you to get messages out to the public *cough, not with Gef though, cough*. I’ve had lots of complaints about the questions.
Paul – This happens all over the world, some people don’t want to hear the question, some people love the questions. You’re not manipulating how these things are going to be done?
HQ – You all ask your questions, I never know what you’re going to say to me. But I’m getting swamped with complaints
Paul – Hundreds saying they don’t like it?
HQ – First person that said don’t stop the questions was yesterday.
Paul – It’s like The Emperor’s New Clothes tho… We all get messages about briefings.
HQ – Lols… I asked the gov media team and they said 3rd of people switch off.
Paul – That means ⅔ are still watching and listening so that’s great. Anyway next question… What’s the process of someone testing positive on day 13? How do they get released? Do we adjust our risk level and assessment accordingly?
Dr H – If someone tests positive at day 13, they go on for another 7 days, they get released at day 21 without a test. We don’t need to adjust contact tracing only to extend their isolation.
Helen – 80 year old who’s had both her jabs, is still testing positive but showing no symptoms. Is there evidence of people getting infected by people who are asymptomatic who’ve had their jabs and will this affect our exit plan?
DA – I’m not aware of this. You can still get covid if you have the vax so you should still isolate if you have it.
Dr H – When people go for their jab they are asked that they have no symptoms. You can still get covid if you have the jab just makes it less harmful.
Helen – What’s being done to help children during this lockdown as it’s a tough time for them.
Mr Bailey – It’s a difficult time, we need to work together to address these problems.
Leanne – New guidance for single households, when is it coming into effect?
HQ – it’s not a free-for-all, we’re allowing you to team up with one single household, someone living on their own. Not for multi households.
Leanne – Do you have a figure for how many people are in self-isolation and are you going to add this to your dashboard?
DA – Yeah we will be putting it on the press release that goes out every day and 2,709 in self iso.
Tim – What’s the ICU figure?
DA – Four
Tim – Are we likely to come out of this lockdown in a phased approach like the first lockdown?
HQ – Yeah probably
Tim – People have lockdown fatigue are you considering tighter restrictions?
HQ – I can understand that people are fed up with it. But if you’re breaking the rules then the police will investigate and take action.
Simon – the 12-week gap between one and two, won’t apply to people already booked in?
DA – Yeah honouring bookings
Simon – Mr Bailey – Are you seeing more problems in any specific age groups?
Mr Bailey – I’m not aware of any significant shifts in age range profiles.
Simon – MERA support – In its current form it could work as a disincentive to self-employed people?
HQ – Treasury minister will be here on Monday to discuss the support available to businesses.
Josh – Restrictions might be eased around 6th April, what’s this data you need?
HQ – It’ll be how many days of no unexplained cases
Please stay at home
Please wear a face covering
If you show any symptoms call 111