Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-19

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This page last updated on 19 May 2020

Latest advice to pet owners as vets start to re-open

AS Vets start to re-open the latest advice from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) or pet owners who are diagnosed with Covid-19 or self isolating with symptoms remains the same as when it was 1st issued, early on in the lockdown. It reflects current World Organisation for Animal Health guidance, {Formerly the Office International des Epizooties (OIE)} which recommends that people who are sick with Covid-19 should limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus. It is also in line with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advice, which states that owners of pets in households with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 who think their pet may need veterinary treatment, should make contact with the practice first and alert them to the household’s status.

BVA's advice for pet owners diagnosed with Covid-19 or self isolating with symptoms is:-

Restrict contact with pets as a precautionary animal health measure until more information is known about the virus.

If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.

Keep cats indoors if possible, and only if they are happy to be indoors, and try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking care to restrict any contact with the person walking your dog and making sure they practise good hand hygiene. This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur; there is no evidence that pet animals can pass Covid-19 to humans.

If your pet shows clinical signs, please do not take it to the vet, but call the practice for advice and alert them to the household’s status.

If your pet requires essential treatment, call your Veterinary Practice for further advice. Do not take your pet to the surgery unless the vet instructs you to. You may need to arrange for someone else to transport your pet for treatment.

LGA responds to ONS figures on Covid-19 deaths

RESPONDING to the latest ONS figures on Coronavirus deaths, which show that deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes continued to rise to 39.2% in the week upto 8 May 2020, compared with 37.8% in the previous week, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "No 1 in care should have to suffer from this dreadful disease and every death from this virus is a tragedy. Every week, these figures act as a heart breaking reminder of how many of our older and most vulnerable people have lost their lives, leaving behind family and friends in mourning. Social care is on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus. While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased. We must continue doing all we can to shield those in our care homes and those who receive care in their own homes. Councils want to play their full part in the national effort to overcome Coronavirus, but need help and information to understand where the outbreaks are happening more widely and be able to act quickly to contain them. The Government needs to share this vital and up to date data with councils, as part of the contact tracing programme. It is also crucial the Government’s online PPE ordering system is fully operational as soon as possible, so that councils and care providers can directly request that critical protective equipment gets to the frontline where it is desperately needed."

MHRA issues important alert for Emerade 500mcg auto injectors

A warning has been issued to allergy patients who carry Emerade 500 microgram adrenaline auto injector pens that they should contact their prescriber and seek replacement pens of a different brand. The recall of Emerade 500 microgram auto injectors follows the previous recalls of Emerade 150 and 300 microgram auto injectors. More information on the previous alerts can be found on the following links:- 150mcg recall and 300 mcg recall. The recall comes after a fault was detected in the pens, that means the dose of adrenaline may not be delivered when needed for people with severe allergies.

The recall is due to reports of difficulty in activating the pens, meaning the dose of adrenaline may not be delivered when needed by a patient for a severe, acute allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Most of the pens will still activate, but more force may need to be applied.

We are told that results from the manufacturer's testing of Emerade auto injectors that have been recalled from patients in Europe indicates that approximately 13% of pens need higher than normal force to activate, implying a higher risk of activation failure than was previously understood. This applies to all strengths of Emerade. Previous estimations of activation failure were obtained from tests on pens that had been stored in the manufacturing facility. Whereas, the recent results were obtained on pens carried by patients, suggesting an environmental contribution to the risk. Investigations are ongoing to understand this.

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have said that:- "Patients should return all Emerade 500 microgram pens to their local pharmacy once they have a new prescription and have been supplied with pens of an alternative brand."

The recall of Emerade 500 microgram auto injectors from patients follows a previous recall of Emerade 150 microgram auto injectors and Emerade 300 microgram auto injectors from patients.

There is strong data to show that a single EpiPen (300 microgram) or Jext (300 microgram) pen will be a suitable replacement for a single Emerade 500 microgram pen. We are told that alternative brands of adrenaline auto injector (EpiPen and Jext) are available in a maximum strength of 300 micrograms. This information is based on recently available results from a study that compared blood levels of adrenaline following EpiPen 300 micrograms or Jext 300 micrograms, with that following Emerade 500 micrograms. We are also told that patients are being advised that they should always carry 2 pens!

A MHRA spokesperson, said:- "Action has been taken to protect patients, following detection of a fault in one component of the Emerade adrenaline auto injector pens. Patients should return all Emerade 500 microgram pens to their local Pharmacy once they have a new prescription and have been supplied with pens of an alternative brand. It is vital that patients follow existing advice to carry 2 pens with them at all times and to contact their Doctor when a replacement is due. When switching to a different brand of adrenaline pen the patient must ensure they are familiar with how to use the pen as each brand is administered differently.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Anaphylaxis Campaign charity's helpline, on :- 01252 542029 for support from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or send them an email to:- Info@Anaphylaxis.Org.UK.

Guidance on the use of adrenaline auto injectors within Schools, please click on here.

Medicines Recalls:-

Emerade 150 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe, PL 33616/0013 (EL(20)A/14)

Emerade 300 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe, PL 33616/0014 (EL(20)A/20)

Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled syringe, PL 33616/0015 (EL(20)A/23)

Generation Care

UK care provider Ambient is 1 of the UK's largest care providers, employing over 1,400 people providing care across Mental Health, Learning Disability and Older People settings in over 130 locations. Since the Coronavirus pandemic started, the firms website data shows that visits by the 18 to 34 age group have increased and in the last month it climbed to 97%. Furthermore, visits to the jobs page from the same age group are up by a staggering 61%.

Mark Milton, Ambient CEO is hugely encouraged and says:- "During this crisis, the spotlight has been placed on care workers with the entire nation recognising their outstanding contribution and commitment to caring for the most vulnerable in our society. This increased interest gives me encouragement and hope that the younger generation are being inspired to a career in Social Care and we must do all we can to feed this interest to deliver the best continued quality care in the future."

However, Mark warns that care providers need to be able to properly reward people that work tirelessly without the recognition they so rightly deserve. Mark continues:- "Whilst the Government has released funds to support Social Care organisations during the crisis, this funding does not allow for increases in staff pay. We would hope that the Government continues to recognise the outstanding contribution that Social Care organisations like ours makes, with additional funding to the sector that allow providers to increase staff pay; which will further entice people to a career in Social Care."

Whilst life is on hold for many young people, Sarah Daniels, HR Manager at Ambient believes that they are being inspired by what they have seen:- "I believe that many young people have been inspired to contemplate a career in Social Care as what they have seen on in the news and on social media has shocked them. The lack of funding and essential equipment, the impossible conditions in caring for the most vulnerable in our society during this crisis. It's got to change; and the younger generation want to be a part of that change."

Mark Milton started life as a Support Worker in 1988 and became a Registered Manager within 3 years. In a bid to capture the interest and passion to care for others, Ambient have published:- 'career pathways' to clearly demonstrate the outstanding career development opportunities on their website.

Ambient said that there will be many reasons why young people may be considering a career in Social Care; from derailment of carefully considered life plans, to a change inspired by what they are seeing and feeling. But the interest is there, and must be captured, Mark commented that:- "Amidst this crisis lies hope and opportunity. We will do all we can as an organisation to inspire people to a career in Social Care, and we hope the Government seize the opportunity and address the under value and under funding issues. The future of quality care is dependent on people being appropriately rewarded for their sterling work and the vulnerable in our society getting the quality of care they deserve."

During the crisis Mark praises the entire Ambient team for their unwavering passion and efforts to support those they care for in both domiciliary and independent settings. Mark concluded:- "Our team have gone above and beyond and proven that a passion to care knows no limits. I urge anyone with an interest in the care sector to take the step and find out more, because it genuinely is 1 of the most rewarding professions out there."

It will take more than a loan for small businesses to bounce back from COVID-19, warns a business leader

WITH the Government providing backing for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, a huge volume of small businesses will now have access to cheap money, but leading business growth speaker, Dean Seddon, warns that it will take more than loans to help small businesses recover.

Dean has said that:- "Customers attitudes have changed. If you are an online business, to some degree you will return to normal in time and so you need money just to get through. But for the businesses that need customers to show up, it is going to be a very challenging year ahead."

Whilst the Government is slowly reducing the lockdown measures on society, peoples’ fear of COVID-19 hasn't shown any signs of abating. In recent polls, the public have felt the easing is coming too soon.

Dean added that:- "We have hundreds of thousands of small businesses; from:- caterers, event managers, training companies through to hair and beauty salons; all of which may be able to open in the coming weeks. But will the custom be there? It's unlikely. We are not seeing widespread confidence from the public that they would quickly return to events and visiting businesses. It is likely the case that being 'open for business' may mean 'open, but not trading'.”

Dean is not alone in his concern. Thousands of businesses across social media are saying similar things, concerned that it may take 6 months before they return to normal.

In a recent survey, conducted by Maverrik, 39% of respondents believed their business would not get back to full operation until September, with 14% saying 2020 had been effectively written off.

The majority of the UK workforce is employed in small businesses. Whilst major retailers and brands get all the headlines, as much as 84% of the private sector workforce is employed in a SME.

Dean continued:- "What's worrying here is that effectively for most small businesses the Bounce Back Loan Scheme may just be funding their losses. This means in 2021, when the loan payments become due, not only do they have to be back to 2019 levels, they now have to find the money to pay down their debt."

In the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, many economists believed the UK would bounce back from the pandemic by early 2021. If the economy doesn't bounce back as expected, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme may see higher defaults and, ultimately, the Government may have only delayed the inevitable for many small businesses.

Dean concluded:- "What would be good to see from the Government would be another targeted injection of grants. It is very costly, but in the long run, will prevent unemployment rising and will speed up the pace of the recovery. If the Business Interruption Grants were given a second lease of life, this would massively change the small business landscape. I just hope Boris Johnson meant it when he said the Government would stand behind business."

Dean believes there is still a need for bold action from central government to make sure that the virus doesn't create a contagion of failure in the UK's small businesses.

That is, if you can get a Bounce Back Loan, as many small businesses are experiencing problems with the likes of Barclays Bank, in applying for them.

What are your thoughts about Bounce Back Loans and the other issues raised by Dean? Please email us your thoughts to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

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

THE total number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 2,412 cases and the total number now stand at 248,818, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of laboratory confirmed UK cases is 3,142, as of Sunday,17 May 2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 35,341. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths added to the total, was sadly reported to be 545 according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of 144,984 confirmed cases. North West - total of 23,937 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,558 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 892 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,187 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 728 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 374 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,378 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,009 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,119 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,445 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,014 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 751 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,117 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 959 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 729 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 675 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 633 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,012 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 391 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 19/05/2020. Last updated 6.18pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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