Staff briefing roundup

General update – Rob Gerlis

COVID national and regional statistics

  • The ‘R’ rate in the East of England is between 1.2 – 1.4. The rate for the UK is 1.1 to 1.3
  • Essex County Council area is at high alert (Tier 2). This excludes Thurrock and Southend which are unitary authorities. This is until Thursday 5 November, when national lockdown will begin for four weeks
  • The number of cases detected by testing in the last two weeks is 18,950 in the UK on 2 November, with a seven day average of 22,793 on 30 October (up from 21,926 on 23 October)
  • The total number of patients admitted to hospital in England has increased to 1,109 in England on 30 October, with estimated patients in hospital in England at 9,077 on 1 November
  • Daily deaths at 125 on 2 November
  • Highest community rates in Essex were in Brentwood at 203.8 cases per 100,000 population, but Thurrock had the most cases (237) over the last seven days
  • The Essex seven day positive test rates are lower than the England average of 225.8 per 100,000 population

From Thursday, we will be in a second national lockdown.

  • This lockdown applies to England only, not Scotland and Wales
  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open
  • Pubs, restaurants, leisure facilities including gyms will close
  • While we still have some staff working from the office, we would encourage everyone who can do, to work from home
  • Appear to be two vaccines that are going to potentially be available – they are similar apart from the COVID jab will involve two types – one is 21 days later and the other 28 days later
  • ICS partnership board meeting – a really good presentation as to where we were in west Essex and how we are now in a good position – good to be working together with all various stakeholders

Peter Wightman

  • Official sensitive: beginning a vaccination programme for COVID from 1 December subject to certain things; it’s changing daily
  • Large logistical exercise
  • PAH admissions are picking up this week
  • Much more successful at care home outbreak containment in comparison to March
  • All of elected care continues for now
  • Probably a couple of waves behind the national trend
  • Second lockdown could potentially be tougher
  • More rapid testing piloted in Liverpool
  • Positive talk of COVID vaccine
  • We have made an offer to Director of Primary Care of ICS – will announce this shortly
  • Advert out for ICS Performance Director

Local update – Simone Surgenor

  • COVID overview
  • Pillar 2 testing overview – ending due to national lockdown
  • Don’t forget to complete your staff survey – you may find it in junk mail
  • Extra flu vaccinations – those who missed the first staff flu clinic have been contacted and have been given dates to have their jabs this week
  • Please let your GP practice know if you have had your flu jab
  • If anyone would like to share their department’s news during the staff briefing please email the Comms team and they can schedule you in

Any other business

  • Christmas quiz (Thursday 17 December) – we encourage you all to get involved, please register your teams


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