Covid-19

GP Surgery Among Low Risk Covid Locations

Two new locations have been identified which could pose a low risk of contracting COVID-19 for people who visited at specific times. The locations and times are as follows: Friday 26 February 2021 Tesco, Lake Road, Douglas from 8:00am to 8:50am Kensington Group Practice, Westmoreland Road, Douglas from 10:45am to […]

DHSC Issues Covid Rules

A series of measures to protect patients, staff and the wider public from coronavirus have been introduced across the island’s health and care services for the length of the circuit-break lockdown. Restrictions on visiting are in place at all health and care settings including Noble’s and Ramsey Cottage Hospitals, along the […]

Hooper Demands Steam Packet Answers

Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper has called on the Tynwald Public Accounts Committee to look into the Steam Packet crew restrictions debacle as a matter of urgency. A row recently erupted where the gov and Steam Packet realised they had different opinions as to what was required of the company’s […]

More Cases Linked to Schools

Families of students at St Ninian’s Lower School, as well as Year 3 and 4 students and staff at Ballasalla Primary School are have been ordered to stay at home and wait to be contacted by the Covid-111 team. A statement said: ‘Following work by the contact tracing team, all […]

Lockdown 3 In Brief

Well here we are again, Lockdown 3. There are many rules and regs being brought in, so we’ve done this quick catchup for what you need to know about the rules that are coming into place at 00.01am tonight.  A separate piece on available financial support can be found here.  […]

Eight New Cases In The Last 24 Hours

Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Isle of Man in the past 24 hours.   Four of the cases are close contacts of people in existing clusters who were already in self-isolation.    One of the cases was detected through the day 1/7/13 testing regime for […]

Lockdown Schooling

Schools, nurseries, playgroups and childminders will close to most children from Wednesday as the island enters a 21 day circuit break lockdown. The gov said it will ‘move quickly to reinstate a free school meal voucher scheme’ and a further announcement about summer exams will be made this week. The […]

HQ’s STATEMENT TO KEYS

HQ – WHEN I STOOD HERE LAST WEEK IT WAS A CLUSTER, NOW IT’S GOT WORSE AND WE HAVE MORE CASES WHICH HAVE NO TRACEABLE SOURCE SO FAR AS MORE INFO BECAME CLEAR WE TOOK PRECAUTIONARY ACTION AND ASKED BUSINESSES TO CLOSE WHILE WE ASSESSED INFO NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY, COMIN […]

All SNHS Year 8 Pupils ‘Should stay at home’

Further unexplained cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the Isle of Man this evening. A gov statement said: ‘The Council of Ministers met on a number of occasions through the day. This evening they discussed the latest developments and considered new information that had emerged. ‘The most important development […]

‘Two Fifths of F*** All’

Business owners have criticised the gov for leaving them facing an impossible choice over the weekend with hospitality businesses being advised, but not ordered to close. Those who chose to close will not receive any extra support, despite being left with little real choice after the government advised residents to […]

Test Test Test, Teach Teach Teach

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson has said his department is confident about the return of students and teachers to schools tomorrow morning. Chief Minister HQ confirmed today that despite the two community cases of Covid-19, the Council of Ministers have decided against new social distancing restrictions or school closures at […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 28th FEB

HQ, DAVID, DR HENNY SORRY FOR CANCELLING ALL OF YOUR SATURDAY PLANS & EVENTS HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WAS HEAVILY IMPACTED YESTERDAY TOO I WANT TO CLARIFY A POINT THAT I MADE YESTERDAY. WHEN I SAID THERE WASN’T SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES WHO CLOSED, I MEANT *NEW* SUPPORT. SALARY SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR […]

Schools to Open Monday

Schools will open on Monday morning as planned, the gov has announced ahead of the Chief Min’s press briefing this afternoon. No new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Isle of Man in the past 24 hours.  The Council of Ministers met earlier today to discuss the latest […]

Covid Locations List Published

A number of locations have been identified which could pose a low risk of contracting COVID-19 for people who visited at specific times. It follows today’s announcement of two currently unexplained cases of COVID-19. The locations and times are as follows: Wednesday 17 February 2021 – Shoprite, Victoria Road, Douglas […]

Council Takes Precautionary Steps

Douglas Council has confirmed it is taking the following steps following the gov’s Stay At Home guidance issued today. The Eastern Civic Amenity site will be closed Sunday Only residents and essential visitors are permitted to enter sheltered housing complexes. Communal areas are now closed to residents until further notice […]

Garage is Low Risk Location

Ellan Vannin Fuels has confirmed its Brown Bobby petrol station on Peel Road has been identified as a low risk Covid location. In a statment, the company said: ‘We have been contacted by track and trace around half hour ago who have identified our Brown Bobby store as a Low […]

Stay At Home

Nine new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the Isle of Man.  Six of the cases relate to the recently identified cluster and all six individuals were already in self-isolation.  One of the cases is an individual already self-isolating following travel to the Island. The remaining two cases cannot […]

Charity Welcomes Rollout

A diabetic charity has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister David Ashford that the prescription rollout of important technology is underway. This week in Keys, Mr Ashford confirmed that 60 residents have been assessed and offered the Freestyle Libre after the unavoidable delays caused by Covid-19. The Freestyle Libre is […]

Air and Sea Crews Get Jabs

Vaccination sessions are being organised for staff at the island’s air and sea carriers.  Jabs will be offered to crew at the Steam Packet, the Ramsey-based sea freight carrier Mezeron, along with Isle of Man-based crew at flight operator Loganair and air ambulance provider IAS Medical.  The vaccine rollout to […]

Oxford Jab Gap Extended

The gap between first and second doses of one of the vaccines being used in the island’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is to be extended to up to 10 weeks.  Delivery of first jabs has been prioritised in the UK in order to protect more people in the short term, to […]

Coffee and Noodle Bar To Reopen

The owner of Java Express Coffee Shop and Noodle Bar has told Gef her staff have all tested negative for Covid-19.  Following all procedures required of them, the business will reopen its doors tomorrow morning. Virginia Harding told Gef: ‘I am pleased to inform you that after initially being contacted […]

Customers Told To Isolate

As a precaution, customers who were at Java Express Coffee Shop & Noodle Bar on Tuesday 16 February between 12.30pm and 1.30pm are being asked to immediately self-isolate, along with others in their household, and contact the COVID 111 Service.   The shop was identified as a low risk location […]

Boris’ Exit Strategy

In news exclusive to every news organisation in Britain, Boris will today announce his plans for England exiting lockdown. Because of the powers of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, his changes will largely only affect England. His plan: March 8 – schools reopening and two people […]

One New Location Identified

Following further contact tracing, one additional location has been identified that could pose a low risk of contracting COVID-19 for people who visited at specific times.   The location and time is as follows:   Wednesday 17 February 2021 Co-Op, Christian Street, Ramsey from 6.15pm to 6.30pm It is important […]

Five New Locations Announced

Following further contact tracing, five additional locations have been identified that could pose a low risk of contracting COVID-19 for people who visited at specific times.   The locations and times are as follows:   Wednesday 17 February 2021 Carrefour Health Club, Douglas from 12.30pm to 1.30pm The Juice Bar, […]

Feb 18 Gov Briefing Update

HOWARD, ASHY, HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  WE HAVE COVID ON THE ISLAND   NOT RELATED TO TRAVEL SITUATION UPDATE ON TUESDAY AN INDIVIDUAL CONTACTED 111 TO REPORT SYMPTOMS  OFFERED A TEST AND WENT INTO SELF ISO  LATE YESTERDAY THE RESULT CAME BACK AS POSITIVE  THE REST OF THE HOUSE WERE […]

Seven Covid Cases Confirmed

Seven new cases of Covid-19 has been identified on the island. Following an immediate overnight response from the contact tracing team after a new case was found yesterday, an additional six cases have been identified. Contact tracing has also identified a number of close contacts who have been advised to […]

Steam Packet Crew Member Has Covid

The Steam Packet has confirmed an island-based crew member has tested positive for Covid-19. A company spokesman said: ‘The individual, who does not hold a passenger-facing role, had the test whilst off-duty and has been placed in immediate isolation. ‘Contact tracing is underway and a handful of colleagues who the […]

School Is Cancelled

Taylorian Productions’ School of Rock show has been cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.  The show was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. Now in an email sent to members of the cast and crew, seen by Gef, Producer/Co-Founder Matt James has confirmed it has […]

Chester Street Hub to Open Monday

The island’s second mass vaccination hub will open its doors in Douglas town centre on Monday. Around 460 people are booked in for first and second jabs at the hub on its first day in operation. The facility will deliver vaccine at whatever rate it is supplied to the Island […]

Over 75s Invited For Jab

The island’s over 75s will very shortly be receiving letters inviting them to book vaccine appointments.  More than 70% of the top two priority groups have received their first jab and nearly 12,000 jabs have been administered to the Great Manx Public. Included with the letter is an information leaflet […]

GOV UPDATE – 4th FEB 2021

DAVID AND HENNY NUMBERS TOTAL TESTS: 28585 AWAITING RESULTS: 53 AWAITING TESTS: 126 NO NEW CASES 8 ACTIVE CASES TODAY MARKS 23 DAYS SINCE LAST COMMUNITY CASE 4 DAYS SINCE ENDING CIRCUIT BREAK THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR STICKING TO THE RULES YOU MADE WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED TWICE IN 12 MONTHS […]

Jab Side Effects Are Normal

Having some mild side effects from the Covid vaccines should be expected and is totally normal, the DHSC has said. This comes after a number of people told Gef they have felt ill for up to two days after receiving their vaccine. This includes DHSC staff who were then advised […]

Foraging For Answers

The owner of Foraging Vintners has said that the gov’s response to the most recent lockdown was a mixed bag. MaryBeth Coll said that the decision to go into lockdown at the start of January was a positive one that was made quickly, but that we may have got ‘complacent’ […]

Schools Are Back

Schools, nurseries and child-minders on the island will welcome back pupils this morning after the Island’s circuit break lockdown came to an end. All schools closed on Thursday 7 January, except for 14 educational hubs maintained for vulnerable children and those of essential workers. Minister Dr Al said: ‘It is great to see […]

Circuit Break Lockdown Ends

The Isle of Man has exited lockdown after a 25 day “circuit break” succeeded in stopping community spread of Covid-19. The end of the lockdown means that life on the island can return to near normal.  There is no longer any requirement for social distancing and the government is no […]

Ask Your GP About Jabs

Members of the public who wish to raise queries about their vaccination are reminded they should review the Frequently Asked Questions page on the gov.im website for advice, or contact their GP – not seek guidance from 111.  The 111 service has been tasked with registering people for their jabs and booking appointments. The […]

DHSC Returns to ‘New Normal’

Health and care services across the island will return to their pre-lockdown ways of operating when the circuit break restrictions are lifted at 12:01am tonight. Staff and volunteers who have been subject to shielding will be able to return to work and the café, shops, canteen and ward trolley service […]

It Could’ve Been Much Worse

We’ve been lucky on the Isle of Man, from the first warning signs of an outbreak on New Years’ Eve, we’ve acted quickly and mostly quite sensibly, but what has happened around us? Just as we’re heading back out of our own Lockdown 2.0, Guernsey is in theirs, with over […]

GOV UPDATE – 29th JAN 2021

HOWARD (NEW PAISLEY TIE), DAVID, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  THANKS FOR JOINING  THANKS FOR TUNING INTO THE PUBLIC Q&A ON WEDNESDAY.  I DIDN’T KNOW SEWAGE COULD BE SO INTERESTING  NUMBERS 14 RESULTS AWAITING 2 NEW CASES, BOTH TRAVELLERS, ALREADY IN ISO 29 ACTIVE CASES NO ONE IN HOSPITAL […]

Don’t Turn up Early for Jab

The public are being asked not to turn up too early for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments. At the Airport Vaccination Hub today, a significant number of people have been arriving at least thirty minutes early for their appointments, with some as early as an hour before, leading to queues. People […]

Airport Hub Opens

The island’s vaccination rollout programme has stepped up a gear with the opening of the airport vaccine hub. Built in the check-in area of Ronaldsway, the hub includes 10 vaccination cubicles, each kitted out with all necessary equipment. The jabs are being administered by nurses from the Health Visiting and […]

BRIEFING Q&A WITH JAMES DAVIS

HOST: JAMES DAVIS FROM ISLE OF MAN ADVERTISING AND PR FEATURING: KATHRYN MAGSON, DR H AND THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC ANNETTE QN: WHY IS THE IOM VACCINE ROLLOT SO MUCH SLOWER THAN GUERNSEYS? KATHRYN: WE DON’T BELIEVE OUR PROGRAM IS BEHIND, WE STARTED A WEEK LATER THAN GUERNSEY. WE WILL […]

Manx Engineering’s Global Value

Engineering and manufacturing businesses based in the Isle of Man have continued to prove their significance on a global scale as they have stepped up to support the local and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning their expertise to designing and producing essential medical equipment to help combat the […]

GOV UPDATE – 18th JAN 2021

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY 12, USUAL LINE UP IS IN THE ROOM / ON ZOOM  COMIN LADS MET THIS AM, WILL TELL YOU ABOUT IT AFTER THE… NUMBERS 12 AWAITING RESULTS  4 NEW CASES 2 TRAVELLERS 2 HIGH-RISK CONTACTS IN ISOLATION  53 ACTIVE CASES VACCINATIONS […]

Care Home Rollout Starts Monday

Residents of Southlands care home in Port Erin will be the first people on the Isle of Man to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine tomorrow as the rollout moves into care homes. Unlike the Pfizer jab which has so far only been administered for three days a week, the DHSC intends […]

Care Home Visitor Suspension Extended

A suspension on visiting care homes has been extended until the end of circuit breaker lockdown. The DHSC’s homes for older people, dementia care residential units and its learning disability community homes remain closed to all non-essential visitors, to minimise the risk of Covid transmission to residents and staff. Additionally, […]

IOM GOV UPDATE – 15TH JAN

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY 9 OF LOCKDOWN 2.0 NUMBERS 12 PEOPLE AWAITING RESULTS  1 NEW CASE FROM A TRAVELLER 39 ACTIVE CASES 1 IN HOSPITAL  MASKS SOME PEOPLE CAN’T WEAR THEM FOR VALID MEDICAL REASONS  PLEASE CONSIDER THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE A LEGIT REASON, JUST […]

Changes Made to Business Support

Changes have been made to the Circuit Break Lockdown Coronavirus Business Support Scheme to provide support to more businesses and the self-employed. The revised scheme provides eligible businesses and self-employed persons with a £1,500 grant towards business overheads where they have been adversely affected by the circuit break lockdown measures. […]

The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

GPs are continuing to embrace Covid working to cut down on the number of people needing to visit their surgery. What Happens Now? Patients who want to make an appointment with their GP should call the surgery in advance to arrange an appointment, which may be conducted on the phone, […]

New Covid Symptom Added

The gov has tonight added shortness of breath to the list of symptoms for Covid-19 and released the details of new locations that pose a low risk of the virus. Shortness of breath was added today by the DHSC’s Clinical Advisory Group in line with European Centre of Disease Prevention […]

Testing Times

Cast your minds back to the start of March 2020, when we began to see cases of Covid stack up in the UK and questions were being asked surrounding what happens when the virus would come to the island. This was before we were testing for the virus on our […]

Shielding Extended for Clinically Vulnerable

A further period of shielding is to be advised for people identified as clinically vulnerable and extremely clinically vulnerable, to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus.   People in these groups were offered guidance on protecting themselves by staying home and taking additional precautions for seven days, from when the […]