Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-08-02

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This page last updated on 2 August 2020

Plan to control COVID-19 outbreak in Princes Park

PUBLIC Health officials in Liverpool have unveiled a plan to deal with an increase in confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Princes Park area of the City. The 'enhanced outbreak control action plan' is designed to rapidly control the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable communities and the elderly in the area, and prevent the need for the City to have to go into any kind of additional local lockdown measures. Almost half of the increase in confirmed cases across Liverpool over the last week have been in the ward.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool, said:- "We have seen a rise in confirmed cases in the Princes Park area and are concerned that it could spiral unless we act to bring the virus back under control. These measures are designed to prevent the need for a more draconian lockdown in the area which would be more difficult for people to endure. It is really important that people follow the advice that we are giving around good hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings on public transport, in supermarkets and confined spaces and avoiding visiting other households. This is about us all working together to protect each other, making sure we are not complacent and getting a grip of the virus and keeping it under control. We don't have a vaccine and there is no guarantee that there will be a jab or an effective treatment anytime soon so in the meantime it is up to us all to be responsible and make sure we don't take risks that could unwittingly infect not just ourselves, but vulnerable people including close family and friends."

A pop up Walk In Test Centre is being installed at Princes Park Health Centre, on Bentley Road, since Saturday, 1 August 2020, which people can drop in to from 9am to 4pm if they have symptoms, without the need to book an appointment.

The other measures are:-

► All people who have been shielding are being contacted by text message and a follow up letter and asked to continue to shield until 14 August 2020.

► Cafes, bars and restaurants given additional advice around appropriate public health measures.

► Care home visiting suspended except for those who are at the end of life, and closed for non-essential staff visits (the affected homes have been contacted)

► Community buildings to remain closed.

► Upcoming gatherings and events suspended.

Community volunteers are being deployed to call door to door to raise awareness of testing availability and to promote key public health messages, while work is under way with religious leaders to make sure places of worship are following COVID-19 safe procedures. The impact will be reviewed in 14 days and extended if necessary.

People are being advised to:-

Follow the advice and guidance around social distancing.

► Wear face coverings in confined spaces, supermarkets and on public transport.

► Maintain social distancing with members of the same family who are from a different household.

► Have no overnight visitors from a different household; even members of the same family.

People with symptoms can also book a test appointment at drive through facilities through the NHS website, or by calling:- 119.

More information about symptoms; which include a:- continuous cough, high temperature and loss of taste and smells is available at:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Communities across the area have been absolutely brilliant in working with us to try and make sure we keep the number of cases low. It is really important we don't let the sacrifices and progress of the last few months go to waste and it is right that we are being proactive and acting fast to prevent the further spread of cases. I would like to pay tribute to the community in Princes Park who are working in partnership with us to get the message across of the importance of following social distancing and hygiene advice and getting tested if you have symptoms. The work we are doing now will hopefully pay dividends in terms of preventing the need for further restrictions, which would inevitably cause much more hardship. Liverpool has already suffered 600 deaths from COVID-19 and behind every case is a family who have been left devastated by this cruel illness. We are determined to do what it takes to minimise the risk to our citizens."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE North West has had a large number of warnings and added restrictions  implemented.  Now, due to a "concerning" rise in Coronavirus cases among young people in South Liverpool, that area has had a very localised warning issued to residents.  Merseyside Police urged people to stay safe this weekend and remember to follow the guidance. If the case numbers continue to rise, like in other parts of the North West, a retightening of restrictions might have to be implemented. The total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 744 cases and the total number now stand at 304,695, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 8 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 46,201. In England, there are a total of 262,746 confirmed cases. North West - total of 46,503 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Liverpool, 2,570 confirmed cases.
    Warning issued to Princes Park residents.

► Sefton, 1,571 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,070 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,206 confirmed cases

► Halton, 705 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,049 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,418 confirmed cases.
.   Under local lockdown warning

Bolton, 2,002 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Bury, 1,356 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,047 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,254 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 7,167 confirmed cases.
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Manchester, 3,325 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Oldham, 2,159 confirmed cases.
Under new local lockdown measures!

Rochdale, 1,882 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning

Stockport, 1,763 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Tameside, 1,638 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Trafford, 1,445 confirmed cases.
Under local lockdown warning.

Wigan, 2,184 confirmed cases.

    Under local lockdown warning.

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