Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-09-07

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This page last updated on 07 September 2020

Foodbank volunteers needed

COMPASSION Acts, who run Southport Foodbank, is appealing for volunteers who can help with Foodbank sessions, which are due to expand in the Autumn.

As older volunteers were shielding early in the year, vacancies were taken by workers who were furloughed. Jess McGlynn, Poverty Reduction Manager, explained:- “We’re so thankful for those who volunteered during lockdown, but as they return to work, and we’re expanding; and some of our usual volunteers are unable to come back and help; we would really appreciate support from new people.”

The requirement would be for up to two hours a fortnight, in one of seven locations from Monday to Saturday. This role involves providing direct support to people who use Foodbank, providing a warm welcome, picking food parcels, checking vouchers, offer a listening ear and providing further signposting support.

Jess added:- “Through use of these skills you can make a real difference to your local community, helping to eradicate poverty and ensuring that those who attend our Foodbank are given a compassionate and dignified experience.”

Training and support will be provided. For more details and the application form go to:- CompassionActs.UK/Volunteer.

Workforce Burnout

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee's inquiry into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "The adult social care workforce is the frontline and needs the same access to resources as colleagues in the NHS in order to cope with the additional demands upon it. Out of all of the hardship which has stemmed from COVID-19 there needs to be a positive trend towards professionalization and reward in the adult social care sector."

The inquiry examines workforce burnout across the NHS and social care. It will consider increased pressures brought about by COVID-19 and the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress. The adult social care workforce is the sector's biggest resource. Before the pandemic it faced many adverse trends including absenteeism, recruitment, retention and turnover. COVID-19 has made some of these issues even more acute in the short term.  Ultimately, during this time of crisis, social care providers should be given the necessary resources to allow them to focus solely upon providing care and support to some of society's most vulnerable, as opposed to having to engage in a piecemeal manner with local authorities and CCG's. Maintaining the financial sustainability of social care providers is, in fact, of fundamental importance in maintaining the capacity of the integrated health and care system and the resilience of the adult social care workforce. Martin Green continues:- "Whilst the workforce is resilient it is only as resilient as the funding and support behind it hence the need for adequate long term support for the sector.”

Drivers admit to speeding on quiet roads during lockdown

LATEST statistics have revealed that drivers took advantage of clearer roads during lockdown, thinking that they'd get away with speeding. Car insurance expert at Alex Kindred says:- "During lockdown, roads were emptier which meant that some drivers were prepared to take advantage. In fact, one in five (20%) UK drivers told us that they saw or heard more cars speeding during lockdown. But quieter roads doesn't mean less chance of getting caught. In fact our research shows that nearly half of speed cameras are always switched on. So, if you're tempted to take advantage of a quiet road, you're less likely to get away with it than you might think. Ultimately, speed limits are in place for a reason; to keep road users and pedestrians safe. And with the way speeding fines are calculated, you might face far heftier fines than you realise, with the potential of paying up to 175% of your weekly income. But knowing how much this works out as can be confusing. To see how much taking a risk could set you back, our speeding calculator works out the cost of a fine and highlights at what point you could be hit with a ban."

Sefton launches consultation on brand new public spaces protection order

AS part of Sefton Council's commitment to promote responsible dog ownership, we are consulting on the reintroduction of dog control measures. Consultation on introducing a new look Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough will start on the 7 September 2020 and will last until 5 October 2020. A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area. To ensure that orders introduced are proportionate and have the support of local residents councils must hold a public consultation. We began a consultation in March 2020, but unfortunately this was interrupted by the impact of COVID-19. This consultation did run for 2 weeks and we received over 180 responses. We are taking all of these responses into account and combining the results with those of the new consultation. We would like as many people as possible to respond to the new consultation so that we can ensure that any new order is in line with the views of all of our residents.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:- "This is just the start of the process to consult on a new PSPO in Sefton. Many other local authorities across the country have introduced similar orders to great effect, encouraging greater responsible dog ownership and promoting a cleaner and greener environment which everyone can enjoy. The proposed order would continue the dog control requirements that were in place in Seton for three years up to July 2020. Most dog owners across the borough already understand and do most of the things in the proposed order anyway, so if introduced it will have very little or no impact on them at all. Please take the time to read about the proposed order and tell us what you think about it."

To complete the survey, visit:- YourSeftonYourSay.Sefton.Gov.UK.

Should anyone require any assistance in completing the form over the telephone then they can call the contact centre on:- 03451400845. For a hard copy version and a freepost envelope for return an email can be sent to:- ETSContact@Sefton.Gov.UK.  We will try to meet any other requirements that anyone may have that will allow them to engage in the consultation process. Any requests / requirements such as this can be sent to:- ETSContact@sefton.Gov.UK.

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,813 cases and the total number now stand at 344,164, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 12 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 41,549.

The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 756. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 69. Daily number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 124.

In England, there are a total of 297,071 confirmed cases. North West - total of 54,949 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Liverpool, 3,080 confirmed cases.

Halton, 771 confirmed cases.

Knowsley, 1,134 confirmed cases.

Sefton, 1,775 confirmed cases.

St. Helens, 1,335 confirmed cases

Wirral, 2,371 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,936 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,127 confirmed cases.

Bolton, 2,740 confirmed cases.

Bury, 1,693 confirmed cases.

Cheshire East, 2,468 confirmed cases.

Cheshire West and Chester, 2,201 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 8,642 confirmed cases.

Manchester, 4,634 confirmed cases.

Oldham, 3,070 confirmed cases.

Preston, 1,537 confirmed cases.

Rochdale, 2,404 confirmed cases.

Salford, 1,989 confirmed cases.

Stockport, 2,049 confirmed cases.

Tameside, 2,075 confirmed cases.

Trafford, 1,769 confirmed cases.

Warrington, 1,501 confirmed cases.

Wigan, 2,415 confirmed cases

WARNING - Some areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or have Enhanced Restrictions

LOCKDOWN restrictions have been eased in:- Stockport, Burnley, Hyndburn, parts of Bradford, excluding Bradford City and Keighley Town, parts of Calderdale, excluding:- Halifax, and parts of Kirklees, excluding:- Dewsbury and Batley.

According to Government rules, people living in these areas can now:-

Socialise in groups of up to 2 households indoors or in private gardens

Stay overnight at somebody else's home but must try to social distance

Book close contact services such as facials and brow or eyelash treatments

Visit bowling alleys, roller rinks, soft play centres and casinos

Measures were imposed at the end of July amid a rise in cases.

Stockport has joined Wigan in being allowed to have 2 households socialise indoors.

But in:- Bolton, Trafford, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside it is still banned. In Oldham people are advised not to meet up with other households outdoors as well.

Daily reported COVID deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive COVID test.  

Daily and cumulative numbers of COVID-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID-19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.

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