Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-23

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A key worker COVID-19 testing site has opened on Park and Ride in Southport

A pilot COVID-19 testing location has been set up on the Park and Ride, in Southport, offering tests to key workers, and the people they live with, if they have Coronavirus symptoms. Over the next 2 days, key workers who are self isolating (either because they themselves or the people they live with are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms) can be tested, enabling people in vital roles to return to work sooner if they test negative.

Employees who are eligible for testing will be contacted by their employer or can contact their employers to request a test, either on behalf of themselves or a family member / someone who lives in their household. Eligible candidates are people aged over 18 who are symptomatic, but not so ill that they can't work, or family members causing a key worker to need to self isolate until Covid-19 can be ruled out. Anyone who is too ill to work will not be tested.  This testing is not for the general public! 

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:- "I'm proud that the very 1st pilot testing facility in Cheshire and Merseyside is taking place in Southport. Sefton Council, working closely with our partners across the borough, have been identifying those key workers who meet the strict criteria for testing, so that they can be tested for Covid19 in a safe and accessible way. Our dedicated workforces want to be at work, supporting our local communities, and those who test negative will be able to return to the vital roles they play in the fight against Coronavirus."

Businesses look to move online with Napthens support

SOUTHPORT businesses are learning to move their sales operations online, with the support of regional law firm Napthens. With the current lockdown resulting in many companies unable to carry out business as normal, Napthens has been advising business owners on the best methods to continue trading online. Jon Esner, Partner and head of Commercial at regional law firm Napthens, has been offering key advice on selling goods online through a range of webinars and personal advice. While some businesses have been selling online for years, many others are embracing the technology for the 1st time. Jon says businesses can make the most of moving their goods onto the internet; and the firm can help business owners navigate the different laws that apply to online selling. He said business owners need to think about privacy and cookie notices on their website, in addition to clear terms and conditions of sale, cancellation and return rights. Jon said:- "With retail outlets closed, many businesses are moving to online selling for the 1st time ever. This type of diversification is great to see and a fantastic example of entrepreneurship. We are keen to help businesses who are looking to take this step. We provide the expertise and guidance they need to keep their companies trading and to stay on the right side of the regulations that come with selling on the internet. At Napthens we are continuing to support businesses across the North West as they respond to the pandemic. We have a specially assembled team, offering advice including employment and HR, health and safety, commercial contracts, litigation and Wills and Estate planning. For more information on the support available, visit the Napthens website."

Time to Cherish Our Greatest Resource

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care wants to ensure the wellbeing of adult social care staff as they are our biggest resource. The report published today by IPPR, Fit for Carers, for example reflects on the implications the Covid-19 crisis has had upon the of wellbeing of the social care workforce.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "If there is 1 thing that this dreadful pandemic has shown us it is that the social care workforce is our greatest resource. We must learn from this and train, resource and cherish the workforce accordingly."

There is a need to recognise the efforts of health and care professionals as a whole nation. These are the heroes on the frontline leading the fight against Covid-19. Care England is acutely aware of the sacrifices that the adult social care workforce has made during this pandemic, consequently we are working tirelessly to ensure that these efforts are reflected through instituted policies and gestures from central Government. An unhealthy care workforce will not be able to manage the health of the population, we must strive to protect the workforce that protects us.

Members of Care England are implementing overarching wellbeing strategies to ensure the physical and mental health of their staff. For example:- 24/7 telephone counselling; specialist guidance around financial, wellbeing and lifestyle topics; specific guidance on health and wellbeing as well as home learning, remote line management and technology and wellbeing toolkits.

Martin Green continues:- "An important legacy of this crisis must be securing the status of social care as one on equal to the NHS. Never again must social care be the underdog. Social care must retain its rightful status which will therefore necessitate adequate resourcing, funding and status."

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

THE UK Hospital COVID fatalities rise by 616 to 18,738. The Department of Health said that the number of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,583 to 138,078. In England, there are a total of 102,221 confirmed cases. North West; total of 15,682 confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,234 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 699 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 847 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 510 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 283 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,305 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 634 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 689 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 929 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 699 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 504 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 505 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 623 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 358 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 369 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 394 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 509 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 256 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 23/04/2020. Last updated 1:52pm GMT. Last updated 2:58pm 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).


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