Gloucestershire continues to work together to support communities through Covid-19
Working together, Gloucestershire’s Strategic Coordinating Group continues to support the county through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The community help hub, launched on 20 March, has supported vulnerable people with 3,279 requests for help. The main areas of help provided include picking up a prescription, putting out bins, phoning or facetiming so people can see a friendly face. More details about the hub can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk
Well over half a million items of PPE have now been received via the national supply route, including a drop of more than 82,500 items received earlier this week. A recent request out to local businesses, which generated around 300 emails and secured further stocks of around 100,000 items. There is also a national request for businesses across the country to consider whether they could help buy producing a number of items https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business
In Excess of £87m of funding has been provided to businesses across the county to support them through these extremely difficult time. Any business who wants more information about what funding they might be able to access should contact their local district council or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-business-support-grant-funding-guidance-for-businesses
Based on data published by ONS, as of today the number of cases in the county stands at 989 with a total of 147 deaths linked to Covid-19. This number now includes details of those in the community, including care homes. In line with the national process, care homes have to notify PHE when they believe they have two or more cases of suspected Covid-19.
As of Wednesday 22 April, the county council had ben made aware of 205 possible or confirmed cases in 55 of the county’s care home settings. Some of these cases may have gone on to test negative for CoVID-19, tested positive for another respiratory illness, or have recovered from CoVID-19.
Up to the same date, sadly, the county council has been informed of 50 resident deaths, who were suspected to have CoVID-19. What is not confirmed is whether Covid-19 was a contributory factor in each of these deaths. This is not a complete picture of all social care settings in the county, it only reflects the position in relation to cases of Covid-19 that the council has been notified of, in settings they have customers. As the ONS data catches up, these figures will form part of that data set - they are not additional.
Sarah Scott, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Strategic Coordinating Group said: “The efforts of both colleagues and so many volunteers within our communities is fantastic to see and is having a really welcomed impact on those in most need. Similarly, the effort and commitment of those working in care setting is fantastic and vital not just for their residents – but to protecting the NHS at this time. Thank you so much to every individuals and business who is playing its part.
“It is extremely sad to know there are many families who are grieving the loss of a loved one and our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time. Whilst I know it will be on little comfort to those who has lost someone dear to them, the south west region has fortunately seen the lowest number of cases and deaths in the UK. We will continue to work hard to support communities during these unprecedented times.
“It is important we do not neglect our broader health and wellbeing during this time. Those who may be concerned about your health in other ways should definitely still contact your GP for support and advice. The same goes for those who are concerned for their safety or the safety of others; domestic abuse, the harm or neglect of a vulnerable child or adult must still be reported and will most certainly be followed up.”