Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-08-07

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This page last updated on 7 August 2020


Sefton Council's 100 play areas are now safe to re-open

SEFTON Council has now re-opened safely nearly all of its 100 play areas after they were closed as part of nationwide "lockdown" restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19. Just 2 remain closed because the equipment requires repair.

In line with Government guidance, the Councilís Green Sefton team has carried out risk assessments for each site and applied the guidance to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection. The inspections were also used to identify any faulty or damaged equipment, which was repaired, removed or disabled before re-opening.

Children will have to be accompanied and supervised by parents, guardians or carers while using play areas. Groups should not enter play areas and each child should have only one family member accompanying them.

People are expected to maintain a 2 metre social distance from anyone outside their family or support bubble. And they are being asked to restrict visits to half an hour at busy times and not return for two hours, to allow everyone to have a turn.

Parents, guardians and carers should ensure their childrenís hands are sanitised before and after using any play apparatus. They should also clean or sanitise seats and handles before using the equipment.

People are asked to avoid touching their faces and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available to prevent risk of infection. Food and drink is not permitted and visitors should take their litter home with them or place it in a litter bin away from the play area.

New signage has been erected at all playgrounds to remind users of the measures designed to keep everyone safe. A limited amount of equipment such as certain swings will have to remain out of use for the time being to enable people to maintain social distancing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Councilís Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:- "I am pleased that all of our 100 or so play areas are now open again and please to hear our Green Sefton team report that people are complying with the measures we have put in place to help keep them safe. Coronavirus is still with us and our ongoing priority is to protect all our residents, which is why we have carried out this thorough process to open our play areas safely in line with the Governmentís guidelines."

People should not use not use play areas if they or anyone they live with has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive or if they have been advised to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.

Information about Sefton's parks and green spaces can be found at:- Sefton.Gov.UK.


Home is where the harm is (or could be) warns Sefton Council's Health Chief

SEFTON Council's Interim Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, is reminding people across the Borough that while they must take precautions to avoid contracting and passing Coronavirus, they also need to remember to take care at home. Mrs Jones said she is reassured that Coronavirus cases in Sefton are currently low, but said that required vigilance by everyone is needed to maintain that situation. She said:- "With Government's recent reduction of restrictions, there has been a lot of focus on staying safe while out and about and there is no question that being mindful and considerate, maintaining safe distances and wearing masks or face covering is vitally important. But it is also vital that people don't forget the day to day basics when they are at home. COVID-19 is still very much with us can be anywhere including our own homes so they need to follow the guidance on socializing remains. People should restrict indoor meetings to members of just 2 different households and keep the numbers at the outdoor gathering to a maximum of 6 people. And, if people do start showing the symptoms of Coronavirus, which are a high temperature, new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it is essential for their own safety and the safety of their friends and loved ones around them that they get a test immediately. It's easy to make an appointment via:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or by calling:- 119."

Mrs. Jones went on to stress the importance of people responding if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and the need to self isolate for 14 days if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. She added:- "People don't need to get tested unless they develop symptoms, but if they get a negative test result after being identified through Test and Trace, they still need to self-isolate because the virus can take 14 days to incubate. And finally, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands, and do it thoroughly."

The Government's latest guidance is a:- Gov.UK/Coronavirus.


'Local Enhanced Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions' imposed in Preston

PRESTON has just become the latest place to re-impose enhanced restrictions following a rise in Covid19 cases, with separate households banned from meeting up indoors. Similar measures were recently reintroduced in areas of East Lancashire, parts of West Yorkshire. and Greater Manchester. Also, in Scotland, Aberdeen has also closed bars and restaurants as part of its reaction to a local spike in cases. As we react to slow down and also stop the spread of the virus, the Government has given local Councils new powers to use "appropriate infection controls" should they find any potential clusters or outbreaks un their areas. Local lockdown rules vary from place to place. For example, Blackburn with Darwen's restrictions also means indoor gyms, swimming pools, and other sports facilities must remain closed. New laws have been passed to allow Police to enforce these rules, which includes the ability to ask people to disperse and issue fines. A full list of areas with additional Local Enhanced Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions can be found on the UK Government website. This information includes details, for local authorities, residents and workers, explaining what to do and the measures that will be used to manage the outbreak.


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

THE total UK daily number of lab-confirmed positive test results:- 871. The total overall UK lab-confirmed positive test results:- 309,005. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 98, with the total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result now standing at:- 46,511. In England, there are a total of 266,645 confirmed cases. North West - total of 47,658 confirmed cases. The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 1,101. 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:- 142. Due to new UK Government system of reporting we are having to sort out a new system to bring you the local area results, for the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas.

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

 

► Liverpool, 2,621 confirmed cases.

 

► Sefton, 1,585 confirmed cases.

 

► Wirral, 2,080 confirmed cases.

 

► St. Helens, 1,220 confirmed cases


Knowsley, 1,033 confirmed cases.

 

► Halton, 713 confirmed cases.

 

► Blackpool, 1,058 confirmed cases.

 

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,511 confirmed cases.

 

► Bolton, 2,062 confirmed cases.

 

► Bury, 1,397 confirmed cases.

 

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,060 confirmed cases.

 

► Cheshire East, 2,274 confirmed cases.

 

► Lancashire, 7,374 confirmed cases.

 

► Manchester, 3,460 confirmed cases.

 

► Oldham, 2,302 confirmed cases.

 

► Rochdale, 1,944 confirmed cases.

 

► Stockport, 1,814 confirmed cases.

 

► Tameside, 1,687 confirmed cases.

 

► Trafford, 1,479 confirmed cases.

 

Warrington, 1,354 confirmed cases

 

► Wigan, 2,205 confirmed cases.
 


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