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Wednesday 24th February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION
Important for parents of school age children. This has just been released by Government:-
The Department for Education has also updated the following guidance to reflect the changes announced by the Prime Minister on the wider reopening of schools and colleges from 8 March:
Coronavirus recovery premium
Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak
Assessment processes for selective schools admissions
Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus outbreak
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges
Parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus outbreak
DfE has also published a letter about the decision to lift restrictions on education from 8 March and on the asymptomatic testing programme and safety measures.
The Local Government Association is hosting a webinar on ‘Re-opening of schools: arrangements for March 2021’ at 2pm on 25 February.
Speakers include:
Gail Tolley, Strategic Director Children & Young People, Brent Council and Chair, ADCS Educational Achievement Committee
Phil Norrey, Chief Executive, Devon County Council
Professor Viv Bennett CBE, Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England
Julia Kinniburgh, Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery, Department for Education


Tuesday 23rd February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Below is the MHCLG bulletin (22 Feb) concerning the Covid recovery "Road Map". The link to "Guidelines: Covid-19 Response Spring 2021" provides very clear and full information on every aspect of the plan. It also explains the scientific and socio-ecomic reasoning behind each stage. You will find the answer to most questions you may have in that document:-
Prime Minister sets out roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions

Today (22 February), the Prime Minister gave a statement to Parliament on the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England and published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ roadmap.

This roadmap sets out how the Government will begin to lift restrictions in England from 8 March, starting with schools and colleges.
It outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against the following four tests:
The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
The Government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
The four steps for easing restrictions are:
Step 1 – the priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March.
Step 2 – which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
Step 3 – which will be no earlier than 17 May, the Government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
Step 4 – which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the Government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact. Before Step 4 begins, the Government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission.
The roadmap also confirms the Community Testing Programme is being extended until at least the end of June.
A new Community Collect model will be launching so that families, small businesses and the self-employed can take away rapid tests from some Government and council sites. People will also soon be able to have rapid lateral flow tests delivered straight to their home, allowing them to carry out tests when it is most convenient.

Sunday 21st February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION – WEEKLY REPORT TO 19TH FEBRUARY 2021

General Local Area Summary: Northumberland County continues to show a decrease at a slower rate (21.3% to 11.4% improvement), this is to be expected as the overall figures fall. Bamburgh, for the very first time, has maintained a zero return for all 7 days. Over the 8 Wards, the rate of decrease is improving, with a big decrease in the 3 Berwick Wards. Longhoughton, however, has shown a jump from 1 to 7 cases. As that is on the southern border of our ward, it shows that it is still not time for complacency or relaxation concerning the current regulations.

Vaccination Programme: The local area programme has now started on the next priority cohort (65 – 69 year olds & vulnerables). Could I please remind you that you do not need to call the Surgery, they will contact you as soon as they have supplies and can offer you an appointment.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, or particular questions, on any aspect of the current situation. I will do my level best to help. Stay safe everyone.

Thursday 18th February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

A comment from our Practice Manager about the next phase of the vaccine roll out:-

"We will focus on the groups as stated in the government approach, however we realise that we do not have a mass vaccination centre in Northumberland so will be working on the both groups when we have vaccine available. We request that patients DON’T ring the surgery, we have over 700 patients in the next 2 cohorts, we will ring patients as and when we get vaccine deliveries. We thank everyone for their patience."
As you will see from the bulletin below, anyone not wishing to wait for the Surgery to contact them, may book online or by phone on 119. Bear in mind that the nearest mass vaccination hub is the Life Centre in Newcastle.
NHS offers vaccination to clinically vulnerable and people 65 to 69

Earlier this week, the Government announced the NHS is inviting the next cohort of people to be vaccinated. This includes those aged over 65 and other clinically vulnerable people aged between16 and 64 with underlying health conditions, who have not yet been vaccinated. Adult carers are also being invited to receive their vaccines.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Announcement:
NHS England » NHS offers COVID jab to clinically vulnerable and people 65 to 69

ENGLAND.NHS.UK

NHS England » NHS offers COVID jab to clinically vulnerable and people 65 to 69

Health and high quality care for all, now and 

Sunday 14th February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION – WEEKLY REPORT TO 12TH FEBRUARY 2021

General Local Area Summary: Northumberland County continues to show a decrease and at a better rate (8.7% to 21.3% improvement). Bamburgh is, thankfully, back to zero. Over the 8 Wards, the rate of decrease is also improving, with only Alnwick staying stubbornly in the red, albeit with only a slight increase in cases over the week. These figures show we are heading in the right direction, at last, but it's not yet time to relax our vigilance or adherence to the current regulations.

Vaccination Programme: The local area programme is now moving to the next priority cohort (65 – 69 year olds). Could I please remind you that you do not need to call the Surgery, they will contact you as soon as they have supplies and can offer you an appointment. Despite the Government announcement last week concerning anyone in the 1 – 4 cohorts who have not yet received their first vaccine, this still applies, please don't ring the surgery.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, or particular questions, on any aspect of the current situation. I will do my level best to help. Stay safe everyone.

Friday 12th February

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH – COVID-19 BRIEFING – TARGETED COMMUNITY TESTING NOW LAUNCHED

Dated: Thursday 11 February 2021

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to let you know that the Council is now able to offer targeted community testing to key workers at three sites across the county.

This targeted community testing is available to key workers who are unable to work from home during the pandemic and do not have access to testing through their employer.

Testing will be offered to:

  • Education or childcare settings including childminders, early years settings and nurseries.
  • Carers (including informal carers, paid carers and those working for voluntary organisations)
  • Small or local public or voluntary sector organisationse.g. food banks
  • Small businesses providing key services e.g. waste management, taxi firms, public transport, funeral directors.
  • Small businesses (less than 50 staff), sole traders or self-employed people
  • Medium-sized local businesses (generally businesses between 50 – 250 staff) unable to practically access institutional testing.

The tests are only available to eligible key workers who are not showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Testing sites are nowoperational atActive Northumberland leisure centres in Ashington, Alnwick and Hexham where Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) will be used delivering results within 30 minutes. Those being tested will then be informed of their result via either email or text by NHS Test and Trace - the tests must be pre-booked online – there are no walk-in slots.

Along with Test and Trace and the roll out of the vaccine, this testing programme will help identify hidden infections and is another tool that can be used to bring coronavirus back under control.

It is hoped that key workers who don’t have the option to work from home will take up this offer and do their bit to help protect their families, colleagues and the communities they work in.

Those eligible canbook a test online here.

Testing sites are open at:

  • Ashington Leisure Centre, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9JY
  • Willowburn Leisure Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, NE66 2JH
  • Wentworth Leisure Centre, Wentworth Place, Hexham, NE46 3PD

The testing centres are open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm - evenings and weekend appointments will be added in the coming days.

Anyone testing positive must immediately isolate at home, along with any close contacts. The targeted testing will work alongside the national test and trace system and any positive tests will link to the NHS contact tracing system.

A negative test doesn’t of course mean that people should remove or replace the need to continue with hygiene and social distancing measures – remember, hands, face, spaceat all times - we all play a vital role in fighting this pandemic.


 

Friday 5th February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION – WEEKLY REPORT TO 5TH FEBRUARY 2021

General Local Area Summary: Northumberland County continues to show a decrease but it's slowed down considerably (31.9% to 8.7% improvement). After dropping daily back down to zero, Bamburgh is back to up 3, so shows no change. Norham & Islandshire, very worryingly, has more than doubled. Over the 8 Wards, the rate of decrease is also slowing down. This means the virus is still very active throughout our region, we must remain extremely vigilant and stay in our local area whenever we leave our homes for “permitted reasons” except for medical or other stated vital purposes.

Vaccination Programme: I'm pleased to be able to report that the local area programme is running according to plan. I received my jab, on schedule, last Friday. After around 12 hours I developed a sore upper arm, which seems to be the most common side effect, but it's eased already, no other problem. Could I please remind you that you do not need to call the Surgery, they will contact you as soon as they have supplies and can offer you an appointment.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, or particular questions, on any aspect of the current situation. I will do my level best to help. Stay safe everyone.


Tuesday 2nd February 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Yesterday (1st Feb), the Government updated the guidelines to the law on what you can and cannot do during lockdown. Some of it has been made a lot clearer than it was, eg what is legally defined as "your local area" when you leave home for a "permitted reason" such as essential shopping or exercise:-

image.pnghttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

You can register to attend the following webinar on Covid vaccines to be held at 4pm tomorrow (Wed 3rd Feb):-

COVID VACCINES: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR WEBINAR

The ZOE COVID Symptom Study team is hosting a webinar on what we know so far about the coronavirus vaccines on 3 February at 4pm.

Experts will discuss what has been learnt from the rapid roll out of new vaccines, including:

  • The effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, including against new strains of the virus
  • The similarities between vaccine aftereffects and symptoms of coronavirus
  • The reasons why some people aren’t yet willing to be vaccinated
    The panel discussion will be followed by audience questions
Sign-up: image.pnghttps://covid.joinzoe.com/webinar/covid-vaccines...

Sunday 31st January

COVID-19 INFORMATION – WEEKLY REPORT TO 29TH JANUARY 2021

General Local Area Summary: Northumberland County continues to show a decrease which is accelarating encouragingly (1.7% to 31.9% improvement). Bamburgh has increased to 3 from last week's zero but still has the joint lowest figures in the area, along with Norham & Islandshire. Over the 8 Wards, you can see a promising decrease. This seems to indicate that the lockdown measures are, finally, starting to take effect. That will only continue if we all “do our bit” and stick strictly to the current regulations.

Vaccination Programme: As you will all be aware, Belford Medical Practice now has access to some supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine and has started administering them at the Surgeries, both here and Seahouses, as they become available. They are currently working through their 500 registered patients in the 70-74 age bracket. They have asked me, yet again, to remind you that you do not need to call the Surgery, they will contact you as soon as they have supplies and can offer you an appointment. I can vouch for this as I received my (very welcome!) phone call on Friday, to attend this coming week.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, or particular questions, on any aspect of the current situation. I will do my level best to help. Stay safe everyone.




Friday
29th January 


COVID-19 INFORMATION

The latest NCC figures, just released (27th Jan), continue to show a slow but steady decline. A massive drop for Alnwick, down from 44 cases last Monday to 16 on Wednesday. Berwick West, however, has overtaken them to become the highest rate of infection in the County. Our Ward (Bamburgh) maintains the best rate with 2 cases in the last recorded 2 days. Please continue to stick strictly to the current regulations.


Thursday 28th January

COVID-19 - IMPORTANT LOCAL INFORMATION

Hearing the great news, yesterday, that some folk had been called in for their vaccinations at the Belford Medical Practice, I today asked the Practice Manager for the current situation, below is her reply.

This also applies to the Seahouses Practice as far as Belford Practice patients are concerned, she does not know about Alnwick registered patients.

She has asked me to implore you, yet again, not to ring the Surgery concerning vaccination appointments, they will contact you when supplies allow.

The current situation with regards to vaccinations is

We have not been informed of the numbers for next week yet but we will get some supplies of the Oxford Vaccination which we can administer at the practice.

Unfortunately we do not know from week to week what vaccine is coming eg oxford or Pfizer.

The Pfizer has to be administered at the hub.

Could I ask you as the covid community champion to remind patients not to ring the surgery, we appreciate that they may be anxious and want to know when they will be vaccinated but we are working through the designated lists as quickly as supply will allow, we currently have 500 in the 70 -74 group and we don’t have any information at this time of what supplies will be for next week but it will not be anywhere near enough to vaccinate everyone in that group we think this group could take us about a month to get through

Sunday 24th January

COVID-19 INFORMATION

General Local Area Summary:Northumberland County continues to show a slight (but slowing) decrease. Bamburgh down again to zero cases/infection but, over the 8 Wards, you can see an alarming increase, in most cases doubling or tripling.

Alnwick now has the highest figures in the County with all 3 Berwick Wards in the top 6. Those 3 Wards have a combined total of 72 cases with an average infection rate of 537.3/100K. Alnwick has 49 and 494.5/100K respectively. The average area in England (12-18 Jan) had an infection rate of 402.

I have a dedicated email link to NCC Health Department so, if anyone requires further information, or has a specific question/problem, please contact me by email or phone and I will do my very best to help you. My contact details are available on the Parish Council Website, I will not respond to text messages or on Messenger:-northumberlandparishes.uk/belford/people





Friday 22nd January 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Latest NCC stats have arrived (20th January). 3 of our 8 local Wards now rank in the top 4 County slots! You should only think about visiting Alnwick or Berwick for absolutely essential reasons (medical treatment or if you're called for your vaccination) Going for shopping is not worth the risk, please stay local or arrange home delivery.



COVID-19 INFORMATION

Concerns have been raised, on our local social media, about the efficacy of the tests used by NHS Test & Trace. I asked the NCC Health Department to clarify this. I also asked about the sudden outbreak in Berwick and what steps were being taken? Below is the reply I have just received from the Registrar in charge:-

The COVID-19 PCR and lateral flow tests are specific for the SARS CoV2 virus that causes the infection. They work in different ways - the PCR test detects SARS CoV 2 viral genetic material and the lateral flow test detects proteins on the surface of the virus. The tests will not detect other coronaviruses.

The other point which I forgot to mention about ward level data is that an outbreak or increase in cases at a school, workplace or care home can have a significant effect on numbers.

The things that we do are:

  • surveillance - This is ongoing monitoring the data (including finding explanations for increases in cases, such as localised outbreaks eg care homes)
  • outbreak management in settings - we work with other organisations to manage outbreaks in schools and other settings

There was an outbreak in Haltwhistle and the surrounding area before Christmas which involved some workplaces but also a big increase in the local community.

As well as the above measures we had an outbreak control team (different teams from the council, Public Health England and others) to coordinate the response which included:

  • local communication with key messages (social media, print media, posters, digital signs etc)
  • a mobile testing site to increase access to testing (we monitored data to identify the need for this)
  • support from the community police and local enforcement to engage with people, share information and use enforcement if necessary
  • specific support to the school from the council
  • specific support to care homes and a business
  • Additional contact tracing interviews with cases to inform the above.

I hope this gives an idea of the how the council and other organisations will respond if necesary

Kind regards

Jon

Jon Lawler

Public Health Registrar

Adult Social Care, Children's Services and Public Health

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Thursday 21st January

COVID-19 INFORMATION

I've been asked for advice concerning what is meant, in the regulations, by "local area, your own village, town etc", for the purposes of permitted daily exercise. In the absence of any further written detail, I think you would be safe to assume that "your village" means anywhere within our Parish boundary (which will also include Easington Parish very shortly). I attach a map showing the existing boundaries which, you'll see, gives us a wide scope and includes Cuddy's Cave, most of Detchant Woods and the whole of Ross Back Sands down to Budle Bay. Please note it does not include Bamburgh. I hope that helps.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Below are the latest overall figures for the County, released by the BBC at 1800 20th January. (It's in JPEG format so those having difficulty with documents can download and enlarge more easily) Although the number of cases is declining slowly, the infection rate is rising steadily again in all age groups. Fatalities have more than doubled in the latest figures (week 1 - 8 January).



Sunday 17th January 

WEEKLY LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE - 15th JANUARY 2021

One glance at the above table will show you my cautious optimism was misplaced last week! It should also show you that any complacency or relaxation, due to the vaccine rollout, must not happen.

Scottish Borders: Figures for the Scottish side lag a day behind ours but the current ones (to 14thJan) show a marked decrease with many wards showing only 1 or 2 cases. It now appears (see extract below) that the cause of the recent flare up was workplace related which seems, hopefully, to have been resolved. Hawick is dropping but remains the worst hotspot, possibly due to it's high industrial activity, unusual in the Borders.

Northumberland County: Overall, the County continues to show a very slow but steady decrease with the really bad surge in the South West (Haltwhistle/Hexham area) coming down fast, Alnwick overtaking them into fourth place!

Alnwick: Extract from Berwick & Borders report:- “Alnwick is up again but it has around twice the population of any other area (it's a double ward) so, to make comparisons with other areas, you should imagine two areas with half the number each, which would make them about the same as the Berwick average, per head of population.” Nonetheless, it remains one of the worst hotspots in our immediate area and amongst the highest infection rates in the whole County!

Berwick: See the Director of Health's comments below, concerning Berwick.

Bamburgh: After encouragingly low figures for a continuous 8 days, our Ward has regressed to the same level we had at the start of the month with cases tripling and infection rate rising by more than 200% – STAY HOME!

Our Area Summary: Alnwick and Berwick are, once again, the areas of most concern and I would avoid visiting for all but absolutely essential reasons (IE Medical – vaccination). However, all of our 8 local Wards are showing an alarming upsurge in positive cases and infection rates are the highest, by a long way, since the pandemic started last March!! PLEASE stay home and LOCAL for all permitted outside activities.

Extract from a recent summary concerning the current situation:-

“Liz Morgan (Director of Public Health) gave an update on the increase in Northumberland’s cases since midDecember, with acute rises in the authorities in the south of the NE Region. All age groups are seeing increases and that for the over 65 group is of particular concern. Outbreaks at workplaces in Scottish Borders are causing figures in Berwick to rise as residents commute from there. Ten vaccination sites are being established in the County. The latest regulations were being worked through by County Council officers and their website is being continually updated as soon as possible. She asked that Local Councils reinforce two key messages:

1. Do not contact your GP to ask about the vaccine, they will contact individuals direct

2. Stay Local, to reduce the risk of transmission”

I'll end with a reminder of the reporting procedure, should you believe anyone is breaking the regulations and putting our community at additional risk, especially the illegal use of holiday/second homes. Use this Northumbria Police link:

beta.northumbria.police.uk/advice-and-info/how-we-operate/advice-and-information-on-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR250JiTMyFY4BBX2RajOV8Yi_ZzweurKlMJ9pUmZpIaZrKJtztzjB68Pu8

Update 15th January


COVID-19 – REPORTING PROCEDURES

Below is the concern I raised with NCC Health Department, this week, together with their reply. Both are self-explanatory:-

Another question please. The incident concerning a second home in Rothbury, requiring Police action to enforce the law, is very relevant to my particular patch. There are many second homes and holiday lets in almost every village, especially Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell. In the first major lockdown I was told of several incidents where such properties were occupied throughout. Local residents were very worried but no action was taken at that time.

Now that the situation is even more serious and the Police are more proactive, I believe local communities have a right of, what amounts to, self-defence against such idiotic behaviour. Would it be within our remit to merely point out that communities should report any obvious breaches of these regulations they observe?

Hi Kerry,

It is within the remit of the Champions to advise residents about how they can report concerns if they feel they need to do this.

If residents are concerned that individuals are not following the restrictions, they can report this to Northumbria Police through their online service

https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/advice-and-info/how-we-operate/advice-and-information-on-coronavirus/

If residents are concerned that businesses are not COVID secure or are breaking the rules, they can be reported to NCC online:

https://form.northumberland.gov.uk/form/auto/covid19_non_compliance

Kind regards

Jon

Jon Lawler

Public Health Registrar

Adult Social Care, Children's Services and Public Health

Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Thursday 14th January 

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME

Healthwatch Northumberland have issued some important advice about the programme:-

https://mcusercontent.com/5060a2022e1081d67bbdd9b3a/files/880b9616-004d-4ed3-a232-5ee035526c37/Healthwatch_Covid_Jan_2021.pdf

WEEKLY LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE - 8th JANUARY 2021

I'm pleased to report this week that the latest weekly table, below, shows a real decrease, in our area, of positive cases and infection rates, in some cases by more than half. This could show that the “Christmas Effect” has peaked and the new lockdown measurees are beginning to take effect. To maintain that downward curve we MUST not relax our vigilance and stick rigidly to the regulations AND guidance. Many, I fear, are (perhaps) sticking to the former but totally ignoring the latter! Here are the main areas of concern and changes, over the last 7 days:-

Scottish Borders: All figures for the Border area remain frighteningly high but have shown a welcome, slight decrease over the last few days. The infection rate now stands at 437/100K whereas the Scottish average area rate is currently 269 – almost double! I repeat my advice to avoid the region unless absolutely essential and within the law. (see latest map)

Northumberland County: The County, as a whole, has shown a decrease in 5 of the last 6 days. The overall infection rate is now 255.1 (see map), the latest English area average (Friday) is now a staggering 576!

Alnwick: Positive cases have dropped from 34 to 7, the infection rate/100K from 343.0 (above the County average at that time) to 70.6, a staggering decrease. However the latest day available show a very slight increase again so it remains a worrying area and I would try and stay clear at present.

Berwick: Cases in the 3 Berwick wards have dropped overall 34 to 25, 12 of those in one ward alone that remains stubbornly high (Berwick West with Ord). I can only suspect that Berwick's proximity to the Scottish Borders is the problem here, despite the ban on cross border travel. I would think very carefully before visiting there until the situation becomes clearer.

Bamburgh: Finally, the most hopeful news of all! Our ward has recorded the lowest figures of the 8 northern wards, cases down by 60% and the infection rate by an amazing 80%. Although the Government say the majority of transmissions are within the home? I strongly believe this dramatic drop has been caused by the (almost!) total cessation of visitors entering our area. In my opinion, we should try to maintain that until the virus is, hopefully, properly controlled. If you witness suspicious behaviour, for instance a campervan obviously where it shouldn't be, don't confront them, just take down the registration number and advise the Police. That is not being a “snitch” it's simply our right, at this very serious stage of the pandemic, to self defence!

I attended a further virtual meeting with the team at Northumberland County Council, last Friday, which was very constructive. We now have a dedicated email account to ask them direct questions should any of you have concerns that I may not be able to provide the answer to. It may take 24+ hours to obtain that answer so, if you can, please contact me in advance with your query. My contact details are available on the Parish Council Website.

There were two items they would like us to bring to your attention and ask for your assistance:-

1. They are aware that many, especially older people, do not have access to the web. If you know of friends or neighbours in that position they ask that you print off any information you think may be relevant/important to them and drop it through their doors.

2. Vaccination – they implore you not to cause any delay to the programme by ringing your surgery to try for an appointment. Every person eligible for the first tranche WILL be contacted when it's possible to provide their jab. Please be patient and just wait for the call.

Week EndingLocationPositive CasesRate/100K+/-+/-
1st January 2021Northumberland 1096340.3<487<150.2
Bamburgh Ward5110<5<110.0
North Wards (8)96213.6<47<113.4
8th January2021Northumberland 817255.1279>85.2>
Bamburgh Ward2223>88>
North Wards (8)47116.249>

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COVID-19 UPDATE 08 JANUARY

I attended a further virtual meeting with the NCC at lunchtime today. I and others flagged up the confusion being caused due to the lack of clarity and disparity in various sections of the Gov.uk regulations and guidelines under the new lockdown. As a result, they have just issued the following for your attention (NB please read the "Country Park Cafes to Close" section which specifically covers where you can go to exercise as well) :-

YOU MUST NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME UNLESS NECESSARY

If you need to travel you should stay local, avoiding travelling outside of your village or town where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. https://nland.uk/champions-lockdown-info

SHIELDING

The Government has updated its guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

View the latest guidance here https://nland.uk/Shielding-champions

EVERYONE SHOULD WORK FROM HOME IF THEY CAN.

Those that can’t, for example in construction or manufacturing, can continue to travel to work unless clinically extremely vulnerable.

Make sure you follow the working safely guidance. Find out more: https://nland.uk/Champions-goingtowork

COUNTRY PARK CAFES TO CLOSE

Cafes at the county’s Country Parks are to temporarily close at the end of Wednesday 6 January.

While the cafes are legally allowed to stay open for takeaway under current lockdown restrictions, the council has decided to close them.

While people are permitted to undertake exercise in their local area – meaning avoiding travelling outside their village, town or the part of a city where they live, they should be predominantly staying in their homes where possible or not prolonging their exercise in country parks with takeaway food or drink.

NOT EVERYONE WITH CORONAVIRUS SHOWS SYMPTOMS.

To help stop the spread, keep:

  • washing your hands
  • covering your face
  • making space
  • For more guidance, visit:

    https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    GETTING A COVID TEST IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK.

    Testing sites are spread across the county and open seven days a week.

    If you have symptoms visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 to make an appointment that suits you.

    BEATCOVIDNE

    If you haven’t met him yet, Dave’s a Clinical Care Manager for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Working for the Ambulance Service, Dave sees first hand just how devastating Covid-19 is.

    He and his partner are both key workers. They have a big family and it’s been difficult balancing supporting them while working and trying to keep everyone safe.

    To read Dave’s BeatCovidNE diary and find out all the latest information, help and advice for your area visit our website

    https://www.beatcovidne.co.uk/

    SELF-ISOLATE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

    If you need to self-isolate, you MUST stay inside your home until you’re no longer at risk of passing the virus on.

    That means:

  • do not leave your home
  • no trips to the shops
  • no walks or exercising in the park
  • Find out more: https://nland.uk/Self-isolation-info

    STATEMENT FROM THE REGION’S LEADERS

    The region’s leaders have released a statement urging people to stay at home to bring soaring Covid-19 infection rates down. Read it here >> https://nland.uk/leaders-statements

    You must stay at home, except for a limited set of exemptions.

    More information https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

    AROUND ONE IN THREE PEOPLE WITH COVID19 HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.

    Make sure you keep:

  • washing your hands
  • wearing a face covering
  • making space
  • You could have coronavirus and not even know it.

    TIPS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNDER NATIONAL LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

    However, we must stress that any trips to the HWRC should be deemed ‘essential’, as per central government guidance.

    Please click here for more details, including opening times & site rules > https://nland.uk/tip-champs-info

    UPDATE – HALTWHISTLE COVID-19 MOBILE TESTING UNIT IS TO EXTEND ITS STAY UP TO AND INCLUDING MON 11 JAN.

    READ MORE >> https://nland.uk/Haltwhistle-test-site-champions

    If you develop any symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test immediately by going to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19... or by calling 119.

    COVID-19 UPDATE - 5th January 2021

    Here are the new rules for "Lockdown 3" issued by the Government last night. Stay safe everyone


    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

    Updated 3rd January 2021


    WEEKLY LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE

    I have compiled a table (below) which I hope will give you a clearer picture of what's happening in our area. Please remember these figures are the latest available up to 1stJanuary. Unfortunately, as predicted, the cases and infection rates are increasing, Ward to Ward, from both the North and South. Here are the main areas of concern over the last 7 days:-

    Scottish Borders: For some reason, the Scottish Government stopped releasing figures after 24th December and they won't resume until 5th January? Even with the figures available to that date, they show the Borders leaping from 35/100K to 161/100k in just a couple of weeks, the Scottish area average was 134/100K at that time.

    Northumberland County: The overall infection rate is now 340.3, the latest English average area (Friday) was 307.

    Alnwick: Positive cases have risen by 9 to 34, the infection rate/100K from 252.3 to 343.0 (above the County average).

    Berwick: Cases up by 23 to 34, rate/100K from 82.4 to 247.0 across the 3 Wards (this is the worst increase of the week).

    Bamburgh: After 8 consecutive days of zero postive cases in our Ward, 1 case arose on 30thDecember, that has already increased to 5.

    These are very worrying statistics and, we are told, the “Christmas Effect” has yet to kick in! The only way to protect ourselves and others, is to keep following the rules but also, perhaps, adjust your daily lifestyle to extend them. Try to avoid contact (even socially distanced) with anyone ouside your household/bubble. Cut your travel down to absolutely essential journeys. Try and plan essential shopping to once a week or arrange home delivery where possible. Most importantly – stay local when you can, this Ward has one of the lowest rates in the area, please help to keep it that way, stay safe.

    Weekly Covid Report (1).doc 27th December 2020

    Document should read The County infection rate for the 7 days to 18th December should read 153.3/100K not 190.1.

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    24th February 2021

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