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PLEASE STAY AT HOME. PROTECT THE NHS. SAVE LIVES.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, infrequently and only one person
  • One form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household and from home
  • Any medical needs, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely can’t be done from home

Matthew Hicks

Leader, Suffolk County Council

Nicola Beach

Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council

Stuart Keeble

Director of Public Health, Suffolk County Council

 

Please click on the relevant link in blue to access the daily statement:

COVID-19 Statement 3rd April 2020

COVID-19 Statement 2nd April 2020

COVID-19 Statement 1st April 2020

COVID-19 Statement 31st March

 

STATEMENT 30/03/2020

Current Situation

 

UK

  • As of 9am on 29 March 2020, a total of 127,737 people have been tested, of which 108,215 were confirmed negative and 19,522 were confirmed positive. As of 5pm on 28 March 2020, 1,228 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • As of Sun 29 Mar, in Suffolk we have 87 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK dashboard of cases and deaths by local authority here.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Secretary of State to the social care workforce - The letter thanks the social care workforce for their help on coronavirus (COVID-19) so far.
  • New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak - People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.
  • PM Boris Johnson confirmed testing positive for coronavirus on Fri 27 Mar
  • Government responds on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and high blood pressure medication - There is no evidence from clinical or epidemiological studies that treatment with ACE-I or ARBs might worsen COVID-19 infection.
  • Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19 - workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.
  • First food parcels delivered to clinically vulnerable people who need to self-isolate at home for 12 weeks but have no support network of family or friends to help them.
  • Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online - The Rapid Response Unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, is tackling a range of harmful narratives online - from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation to criminal fraudsters running phishing scams. The government is running the SHARE checklist and Don’t Feed The Beast campaign here.
  • Frontline NHS workers are starting to be tested to see if they have coronavirus - Critical care doctors and nurses are being tested first, followed by staff in emergency departments, paramedics and GPs. Healthcare workers in England are being sent kits to their homes, with samples sent to one of three new labs. It's part of a collaboration involving Amazon, the Royal Mail and Boots, as well as research labs and universities.

 

SUFFOLK

 

  • Suffolk Fire and Rescue help those in need in our communities:
    • Government has contacted 1.5 million of the most vulnerable residents in the UK, instructing them to self-isolate and remain indoors for a period of 12 weeks.  
    • Suffolk’s multi-agency tactical co-ordinating group is overseeing this work.
    • Following co-ordination through Friday evening, firefighters in fire engines from virtually every fire station across the county knocked on the doors of 240 people on Saturday to carry out an essential welfare check and gather relevant information about any urgent need for food or other supplies.
    • The following day an additional 450 people were contacted.
    • The information being gathered by our firefighters is being recorded and will be used to support these people throughout the coming weeks.
    • Of the weekend visits – 28 people were identified as at high risk and food packages have been arranged and provided on Sunday.
    • A further 156 people were identified as medium risk and food will be delivered in the next few days.

 

  • Public Health Suffolk’s five ways to wellbeing: Improve your physical and mental health while we stay at home.
    • Connect with others. Take time to call a friend or family member. It’s important to stay in touch with others however you do it, and sometimes simply talking about how you feel can make a big difference.
    • Be active. It can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and generally make you feel better.
    • Learn. Take the opportunity to think about learning a new skill or pick up something you have enjoyed doing before. More classes and courses are also available online now than ever before.
    • Take notice. It’s all too easy to become immersed in the constant, and ever-changing media coverage surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). Take a break from watching, listening or reading news stories and use the time for the things you enjoy. Techniques such as mindfulness can be helpful.
    • Give. Giving your time and energy to others is extremely important, never more so than now, and can pay dividends for your mental wellbeing. Whether it’s looking out for and helping a neighbour, or registering to volunteer to offer support in your community, there is plenty you can do.

 

  • Tribe Volunteer app: Thank you to those individuals and groups who have already signed up. Colleagues on the Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board will now begin to match the offers of help with those who need help. Someone will be in touch shortly.

 

  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are working with Suffolk's Public Sector Partnership to help find short term accommodation for key workers. Email accommodation@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk if you are in urgent need of this service.

 

 

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.

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COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Everyone

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

NEW

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

parents and carers on looking after children or young people

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

NEW

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

landlords, tenants and local authorities

Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

NEW

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

Everyone

 

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added guidance on ‘COVID-19: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’.

Updated school closure guidance on ‘How are vulnerable children defined’, ‘Is it compulsory for parents of vulnerable children to accept their place offer’, ‘Will critical workers or parents of vulnerable children be penalised if they do not send their child to school’, ‘What should schools do if vulnerable children do not attend school’ and what public health advice should schools follow’.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally

Addition of link to Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

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NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information

 

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GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals

 

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Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Everyone

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

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PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

 

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PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

 

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Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

 

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Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public

 

9

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings

 

10

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils

 

11

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Professionals

 

12

COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Public

 

13

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Everyone

 

14

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

 

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Further businesses and premises to close

businesses

 

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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

 

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COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people

hotels, hostels, B&Bs

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding

businesses

 

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Coronavirus: How to help safely

Everyone

 

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COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

 

 

 

Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 69, 29 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)

Location

Confirmed

Deaths

Globally

634 835 confirmed (63 159)

29 957 deaths (3464)

Western Pacific Region

102 803 confirmed (1343)

3626 deaths (34)

European Region

361 031 confirmed (36 688)

21 493 deaths (2753)

South-East Asia

3709 confirmed (624)

139 deaths (25)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

42 777 confirmed (3846)

2668 deaths (160)

Regions of the Americas

120 798 confirmed (20 484)

1973 deaths (488)

African Region

3005 confirmed (174)

51 deaths (04)

 

 

STATEMENT 27/03/2020

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.

Current Situation

UK

  • As of 9am on 26 March 2020, a total of 104,866 people have been tested, of which 93,208 were confirmed negative and 11,658 were confirmed positive. As of 5pm on 25 March 2020, 578 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 42 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK Dashboard of cases and deaths here.
  • Highlighted Gov.uk announcements
    • You must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined
    • If you live in the UK and are currently abroad you are strongly advised to return now
    • If you’re self-employed, you’ll get up to £2,500 a month in grants for at least 3 months. See Chancellor’s 26 Mar announcement here
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law and is available on legislation.gov.
  • Join the NHS Volunteer Responders - carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

 

SUFFOLK

 

  • Suffolk Fire and Rescue: Firefighters to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve bodies
    https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/News/covid-19-firefighters-to-deliver-food-and-medicines-drive-ambulances-and-retrieve-bodies. Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Many of our staff are already supporting the wider effort to help vulnerable people in local communities. This joint agreement is excellent news and will support Suffolk’s firefighters as they step forward to help colleagues in other services, as we fight the coronavirus. We are always ready to respond when needed, whether that is in continuing to respond to all 999 calls in the coming weeks, or helping in other ways. I’m extremely proud of the extraordinary efforts of our firefighters and non-operational staff at this challenging time. They are working hard so we can continue to look after our residents. You can support them by staying at home and regularly testing your smoke alarms.”

 

  • Joint Statement on behalf of Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council in reaction to EDF Energy’s decision to delay their Sizewell C application for a Development Consent Order.

Leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr Matthew Hicks and Leader of East Suffolk Council, Cllr Steve Gallant said: “Both Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council absolutely agree that this is the right decision for EDF Energy to take at this moment in time. We believe there is no other choice for them to take during such a difficult time for us all as we focus on fighting the effect of Covid-19 across Suffolk.  

“Given the critical need for our communities to have the ability to fully engage with the consultation and decision making process that forms a valuable part of the Government’s formal Development Consent Order, we are relieved to hear EDF Energy has given due consideration to the timescales for making their submission and will delay for a number of weeks. We are now keen to understand what this means as we all currently expect to be living with the effects and restrictions surrounding Covid-19 for some time to come and we would not be happy to see anything done that restricts the community in taking an active part in the decision making process. We are keen to keep talking to EDF Energy about when it will be appropriate for all parties to see EDF Energy make their submission.”

 

 

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight newly published and some other key guidance in this bulletin.

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Coronavirus: How to help safely

Everyone

Guidance on safely providing essential support to  friends and family who are in isolation

NEW

Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK Government guide

leaders and fraud experts in government bodies and local authorities

The fraud threat posed during emergency situations is higher than at other times, and all public bodies should be attuned to the risks facing their organisations and the public sector.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added details about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

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NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information

 

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GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals

 

4

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Everyone

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

5

PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

 

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PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

 

7

Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

 

8

Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public

 

9

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings

 

10

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils

 

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Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas

 

13

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Professionals

 

14

COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Public

 

15

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Everyone

 

16

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

 

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Further businesses and premises to close

businesses

 

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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

 

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COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people

hotels, hostels, B&Bs

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding

businesses

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

 

 

 

 

Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 66, 26 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)

Location

Confirmed

Deaths

Globally

462 684 confirmed (49 219)

20 834 deaths (2401)

Western Pacific Region

99 058 confirmed (1292)

3540 deaths (22)

European Region

250 287 confirmed (29 771)

13 950 deaths (1964)

South-East Asia

2536 confirmed (192)

79 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

32 442 confirmed (2811)

2162 deaths (154)

Regions of the Americas

75 712 confirmed (14 878)

1065 deaths (252)

African Region

1937 confirmed (275)

31 deaths (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT 26/03/2020

 

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.

 

Current Situation

 

UK

  • As of 9am on 25 March 2020, a total of 97,019 people have been tested, of which 87,490 were confirmed negative and 9,529 were confirmed positive. 463 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 35 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK Dashboard of cases and deaths here.
  • PM Statement 25th March 2020
    • After an appeal on the 24th March for volunteers to help the NHS, more than 405,000 people have responded to the call in just 24 hours.
    • The volunteers roles will include: driving medicines from pharmacies to patients, bringing patients home from hospital and making regular phone calls to check up on people who are staying in their own home.
  • Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp - The UK Government has today launched a GOV.​UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
  • Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff - The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is giving immediate financial backing for all NHS trusts to provide free car parking to NHS staff for the duration of coronavirus (COVID-19). The changes will apply to all on-street parking and open, council-run car parks including pay and display and will suspend charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Foreign Secretary's statement on support for British people abroad - International cooperation is the only way to get travellers home and beat coronavirus.
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 25 Mar that all inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic visiting is suspended with immediate effect and until further notice. See further details here

 

Suffolk

 

  • Food Banks: Food banks across Suffolk are being given a share of £60,000 to keep their supplies well stocked during the Coronavirus pandemic. This money has been donated by Suffolk County Council and will allow the food banks to restock directly with the supermarkets and wholesalers.

Some helpful Q&As:

Who is getting the funding? The funding will be added to the Suffolk Emergency response fund held by Suffolk Community Foundation.  Suffolk Community Foundation are working with all partners in Suffolk to maximise the amount of funding made available by central government, Health and District and Borough Councils to support the  Covid-19 community response.

How has that been decided? The Collaborative Communities Board is working with the voluntary sector and the network of food banks across Suffolk and ensuring they have access to funds as needed for the direct provision of food and supplies for vulnerable people in Suffolk.

When are they getting it? As needed – small amounts of funding will be allocated as requested by food banks and other organisations involved in the individual relief of hardship

                        Where is the funding coming from? From Suffolk County Council’s leadership group

 

  • Adult Learning Service: The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have confirmed that they will continue to the pay this year’s Adult Learning contract as normal. The service has ceased all face to face lessons and following current advice have closed the learning centres. Initially we are contacting all current learners and offering guidance and pastoral support to ensure learners are safe and updated. We are currently revising the offer to deliver courses in an alternative way.  For more information please visit;  https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/adult-learning-and-careers-advice/

 

  • Suffolk County Council Decision Making: A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “The Council’s Constitution includes a delegation for the Chief Executive to take decisions in an emergency. In agreement with all of the political group leaders, the Chief Executive will take decisions that would normally have been considered by Council or Cabinet, but are necessary to ensure that the Council continues to deliver services to the people of Suffolk and cannot reasonably be delayed.   

“A protocol has been agreed that ensures the views of the opposition groups are taken into account by the Chief Executive before decisions are taken, and the relevant reports and decisions will be made available through the Council’s website to ensure transparency.  

            “The Political Group Leaders are in regular contact to ensure that the focus is on the Council supporting the community from across the political landscape.”

 

 

  • Clap for our carers: We would encourage everyone to join in with the 8pm #ClapForOurCarers to praise the NHS this evening. It is absolutely right that we show them our support and appreciation for all their tireless work. It might also be worth remembering our other unsung heroes during this show of appreciation. Our care workers who are visiting people in their homes to provide them with essential care, those working in our care and nursing homes who are supporting their residents through these worrying times. Our social workers who are continuing to support those people and families who need them now more than ever and our wonderful family carers, who continue to put the needs of their loved ones above their own needs. These incredible people are showing great strength and dedication to others and are often doing this quietly in the background, just getting on and doing what needs to be done. Each and every one of them deserves to feel the support of the rest of the nation, so please try to think of them while we applaud our brilliant NHS this evening.

 

  • Communities: Thank you to those who have already signed up to the Tribe – Volunteer app to volunteer to help someone in need in the community. We will be touch when we have matched you to the right person. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week.

 

 

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.

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COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people

 

Hotel Owners and B&B owners

Letter regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so they can offer accommodation to key workers and support rough sleepers to keep them off the streets and in suitable accommodation.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding

Small Businesses Grant Fund Claimants

This guidance sets out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals

Added guidance for food businesses.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings

 

Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Updated information for overseas trips currently taking place for under 18s, students and staff considering travelling over

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Added Guidance Poster

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people.

Updated guidance to include additional information on children with education health and care (EHC) plans and children in alternative provision (AP) settings

UPDATED

Business rates: expanded retail discount – guidance

local authorities

Guidance updated so that certain properties previously excluded from the relief, but that have been forced to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions, will now be eligible for the relief.

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NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information

 

2

GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

3

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Everyone

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

4

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

Added Coronavirus (COVID-19): an easy-read guide on protecting extremely vulnerable people.

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Further businesses and premises to close

businesses

Added guidance on work carried out in people’s homes and additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.

6

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

Added YouTube video.

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COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added details about protection from eviction for commercial tenants and extension of BID arrangements.

Further guidance added about commercial insurance policies in relation to COVID-19.

Added links to the business grant funding guidance, and the expanded retail discount guidance for local authorities.

Guidance added for local authorities on administering Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings’.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures’.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

UK businesses trading internationally

Updates to guidance, including the business support helpline.

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Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

Living life to the full for Suffolk has now got special Covid modules for young people, parents, health professionals and adults

 

NHS Practitioner service has support for dentists, pharmacists, health care workers, and doctors

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PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

 

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PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

 

13

Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public

 

14

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

adult social care

 

15

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings

 

16

Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

health and care systems and providers

 

17

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils

 

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Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas

 

20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Professionals

 

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COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Public

 

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COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Everyone

 

 

 

Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 globally.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 65, 25 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)

Location

Confirmed

Deaths

Globally

414 179 confirmed (40 712)

18 440 deaths (2202)

Western Pacific Region

97 766 confirmed (1186)

3518 deaths (16)

European Region

220 516 confirmed (25 007)

11 986 deaths (1797)

South-East Asia

2344 confirmed (354)  

72 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

29 631 confirmed (2416)   

2008 deaths (131)

Regions of the Americas

60 834 confirmed (11 390)    

813 deaths (248)

African Region

1664 confirmed (359)     

29 deaths (3)

 

 

STATEMENT 25/03/2020

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.

 

Current Situation

 

UK

  • Section 2 covers the Bill’s health and social care workforce measures, including provisions on emergency registration, indemnity cover, emergency volunteers and NHS pensions
  • Section 3 covers measures to reduce administrative requirements on health and social care staff.
  • Section 4 covers changes to mental health and mental capacity legislation
  • Section 5 covers other public health measures
  • Gov.uk - Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
  • Gov.uk - Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

 

 

SUFFOLK:

 

  • Launch of new volunteering app and phoneline: A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need.  
    The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support. As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed.
    The free app, called Tribe Volunteer, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week. 
  • Children’s Centres - All Children’s Centres are now closed for open access and group work. Child Health Clinics are running by appointment only from some centres and accommodating partners such as Midwives, Physios and Speech and Language Therapists to run their clinics from other centres. For more information please visit; https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/health-and-childrens-centres/

 

  • Suffolk County Council buildings: All SCC buildings are now closed to the public until further notice. If you need to contact SCC urgently please call 0345 606 6067 or email customer.services@suffolk/gov.uk . Please see the County Council’s website www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus for an update on the impact on the services.  

 

  • Road Safety Campaign: Suffolk Roadsafe is supporting Road Safety GB and encouraging all road users to do their bit to reduce the strain on the emergency services in the coming weeks and months, by taking extra care every time they travel. The pressure being placed on the NHS by the escalating situation with regard to coronavirus is well known – and the situation is likely to get much worse in the coming weeks and months.

 

  • New timetables are now in place for most public transport services including buses, trains and community transport until further notice. SCC is doing all it can to help keep vital services going for those people who must travel - our key workers and elderly and vulnerable residents. These changes will also help ensure there are enough members of staff to keep vital services running over the coming weeks and months.  SCC will continue to monitor the situation with partners.

 

  • Ipswich Park and Ride: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the government’s advice regarding non-essential travel, Ipswich Park and Ride (service 800) will be suspended until further notice from today th March> 

 

 

 

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.

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COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

Added Coronavirus (COVID-19): an easy-read guide on protecting extremely vulnerable people.

UPDATED

Further businesses and premises to close

businesses

Added guidance on work carried out in people’s homes and additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

Added YouTube video.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added details about protection from eviction for commercial tenants and extension of BID arrangements.

Further guidance added about commercial insurance policies in relation to COVID-19.

Added links to the business grant funding guidance, and the expanded retail discount guidance for local authorities.

Guidance added for local authorities on administering Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings’.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures’.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

UK businesses trading internationally

Updates to guidance, including the business support helpline.

UPDATED

Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

Living life to the full for Suffolk has now got special Covid modules for young people, parents, health professionals and adults

 

NHS Practitioner service has support for dentists, pharmacists, health care workers, and doctors

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NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information

 

2

GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

3

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals

 

4

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Everyone

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

5

PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

 

6

PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

 

7

Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public

 

8

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

adult social care

 

9

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings

 

10

Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

health and care systems and providers

 

11

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus

 

12

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils

 

13

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas

 

14

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Professionals

 

15

COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Public

 

16

The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the NHS Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) Directions 2020

National Health Service Commissioning Board

This power will last until 31 December 2020

17

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Everyone

 

 

 

Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 64, 24 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)

Location

Confirmed

Deaths

Globally

372 757 confirmed (39 827)

16 231 deaths (1722)

Western Pacific Region

96 580 confirmed (943)

3502 deaths (29)

European Region

195 511 confirmed (24 087)

10 189 deaths (1447)

South-East Asia

1990 confirmed (214)

65 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

27 215 confirmed (1840)

1877 deaths (136)

Regions of the Americas

49 444 confirmed (12 428)

565 deaths (100)

African Region

1305 confirmed (315)

26 deaths (3)

 

 STATEMENT 24/03/2020

Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.

 

Current Situation

 

UK

  • As of 9am on 23 March 2020, a total of 83,945 people have been tested, of which 77,295 were confirmed negative and 6,650 were confirmed positive. As of 1pm on 23 March 2020, 335 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 22 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK Dashboard of cases and deaths here.
  • PM statement on coronavirus: 23 March 2020 – stay at home, country in lockdown for next 3 weeks. People are only allowed to leave their home for the following limited purposes (if you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings):
    • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
    • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
    • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
    • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
  • To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, we will immediately:

o    close all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship

o    we will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with

o    and we’ll stop all social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals

o    Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed

 

SUFFOLK

  • Statement issued by SCC Leader Councillor Matthew Hicks in light of the new guidelines from the government:

“Everyone in Suffolk must listen and follow this very clear direction from the Government. We must now all stay at home unless journeys are absolutely essential. This isn’t about us as individuals. This is about protecting the NHS and saving the lives of our neighbours and loved ones.

“Please, everyone, do what society needs you to do. Our actions today determine the futures of others in the days and weeks to come. It’s as simple as that.”

 

  • Schools: SCC is urging parents to follow Government guidance keep their children at home where possible. Even if parents are classed as a key worker, if they are in a position to keep their child at home then SCC would ask that they do so. This will enable schools to free up their resources and provides them with the opportunity to focus on the key children who need their help. SCC believes that there needs to be a greater clarity of the definition of the term key workers and has asked the Department for Education for further information on behalf of school leaders in Suffolk. The current definition of a key worker can be found on the government website. For more information see SCC’s full statement - https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news/show/parents-urged-to-follow-government-guidance-keep-their-children-at-home-where-possible

 

Parent helpline for key workers: SCC have launched a helpline for parents which will assist them if their usual school is not open or has been unable to make alternate arrangements for pupils. If parents are classed as a key worker or have a child that is classed as vulnerable they are able to call this line and SCC will liaise with schools to find them a place. The helpline number is; 01473 263985

 

  • Public Transport: Public transport is to operate on a reduced scale throughout the county. New timetables are now in place for most public transport services, including buses, trains and community transport until further notice. The changes reflect the fact that less people are using services as they stay at home as part of the new instructions from the Prime Minister, there is also a reduced availability of staff as more have to self isolate. For more information visit – www.suffolkonboard.com

 

  • School Crossing Patrols: The decision has been made to stand down the school crossing patrol service (fondly known as lollipop people), in the interest of their safety, and the safety of others. We will consider requests from schools for assistance in getting children of key workers to school safely, if they deem necessary. For further updates, please follow @suffolkroadsafe on Twitter, or visit www.suffolkroadsafe.com.

 

 

  • Lowestoft Flood Project: Property Level resilience works will cease as of today (24 March) – postponed to when the restrictions are lifted. We will be making current homes safe and secure before leaving.

 

  • Warm Homes Healthy People project: all home visits and future new heating and insulation installs will cease. Any current installs will ensure the homeowner is left with a safe, working heating system.

 

 

Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.

#

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Who For

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NEW

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Everyone

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

NEW

The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the NHS Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) Directions 2020

National Health Service Commissioning Board

This power will last until 31 December 2020

NEW

Further businesses and premises to close

businesses

guidance on the closure of all non-essential businesses and premises as part of further social distancing measures.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

Added translated versions of guidance.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

Everyone

Added translated guidance.
Added new rules on staying at home and away from others.

UPDATED

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Updated with information on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme, now open.

UPDATED

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response’ and ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) maintaining further education provision’.

1

NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information

 

2

GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike

 

3

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals

 

4

PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.

 

5

PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used

 

6

Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

 

7

Chronic disease self- care:

General public

 

8

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

adult social care

 

9

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings

 

10

Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

health and care systems and providers

 

11

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus

 

12

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils

 

13

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas

 

14

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Professionals

 

15

Business and other venues subject to further social distancing measures

businesses and other venues asked to close

 

16

COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Public

 

17

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

 

18

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

UK businesses trading internationally

 

 

 

Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 63, 23 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)

Location

Confirmed

Deaths

Globally

332 930 confirmed (40 788)

14 510 deaths (1727)

Western Pacific Region

14 510 deaths (1727)

3473 deaths (35)

European Region

171 424 confirmed (20 131)

8743 deaths (1318)

South-East Asia

1776 confirmed (519)

58 deaths (13)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

25 375 confirmed (1706)

1741 deaths (145)

Regions of the Americas

37 016 confirmed (17 331)

465 deaths (213)

African Region

990 confirmed (251)

23 deaths (3)