Latest Council Covid Update – Additional Information – 22nd May 2020

See latest additional information from the Council.

Cases and Mortality

Nationally, as of 9am on the 21 May 2,064,329 people had been tested, of whom 250,908 tested positive. As of 5pm on 20 May, of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 36,042 have sadly died.  As at 5pm on May 20th, the number of confirmed cases within Leeds stood at 1,760. The total number of reported deaths of people who tested positive with COVID-19 in Leeds hospitals up to 5pm May 20th is 301.  As you know, Leeds City Council death registrations includes all deaths where ‘COVID-19’ or ‘coronavirus’ is mentioned on the death certificate, whether the only or main cause of death or as a contributing factor. A broader definition than nationally reported deaths in a hospital trust, figures include suspected but unconfirmed cases. It should be noted that all hospital deaths are confirmed by testing however not all community and care home deaths will have had a confirmatory test.  As at 21 May, of the 561 covid-19 related deaths registered so far since , 549 (98%) were Leeds residents, 313 (55.8%) were in hospitals, 218 (38.9%) were in care homes, 10 (1.8%) in a hospice, and 20 (3.6%) in their own home.  To date, 33% of all deaths registered have been covid-19 related.

The remainder of this briefing covers:

  • National developments: antibody tests for health and care staff; councils to publish care home support plans; Home Office bereavement scheme extended.
  • Update on test and trace programme – local outbreak plans
  • Schools
  • New local test site
  • The NHS is still here for you

National Developments

  • Antibody tests will be available to health and social care staff and patients from next week.
  • As part of the care home infection control support package, all councils have been asked to publish a care home support plan by 29 May. We have previously updated you about our local action plan.
  • The Home Office Bereavement scheme- in which the families of migrant health workers who die as a result of Covid-19 are granted indefinite leave to remain- has been extended to apply to NHS support workers and social care workers.
  • A Cultural Renewal Taskforce has been established to work on re-opening the culture, recreation and leisure sectors, although unfortunately there is no sector specific representation.
  • A trial began today of a rapid coronavirus test intended to return results within 20 minutes and in clinical settings.

Test and Trace announcement

Today the Government has announced that local councils will be at the heart of leading the national test and tracing programme, and will be provided with funding to develop local outbreak control plans. Leaders and Directors of Public Health of local authorities will ensure that the national service works effectively at a local level, linking with local NHS partners, schools, businesses and the voluntary sector. It is a testament to the hard work Tom has undertaken in his new national role that we have seen this commitment to a localised response in the next stage of recovery. Here is our local media statement. We will update you with more details as they become available.

Eid ul-Fitr

On behalf of Leeds City Council, I send my very best wishes to all Muslims in Leeds on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr this weekend. Eid is a time of joy and celebration and whilst this year your celebrations will be very different, I do hope that you are able to enjoy your time at home with your family and use other means to connect with loved ones.

During Ramadan, Muslims in Leeds have shown exemplary discipline and leadership in following government and Public Health messaging related to Covid-19. I understand, and appreciate, the sacrifices made by the Muslim community during this time whilst still contributing generously to a number of charitable and worthy causes.  I am in no doubt that these actions have led to people being protected from the spread of the coronavirus and I thank you for your remarkable efforts in this respect. Thank you for all you do to contribute to a welcoming and compassionate Leeds and Eid Mubarak in advance for when it arrives.

Schools

As you know we are continuing to communicate frequently with heads, and this week a survey has been sent to schools to establish their intentions in terms of increasing their intake of pupils. I will provide further information about this when it is available. Sal has also done a letter that schools can send to parents and carers, asking them to respect the decisions made by heads and explaining the factors that will influence the decisions of individual schools.

Local test site

In my last update I mentioned that the potential for walk-in testing sites is being investigated. This is Bridge Street Community Centre in Burmantofts, which we hope will be available next week, through a local booking scheme, and targeted to those at risk of health inequalities e.g. BAME people, those with long-term health conditions, and those from poorer backgrounds. People will be asked to walk to the site and not use a car to attend. We will update you further next week.

The NHS is still here for you

  • Leeds CCG are reminding people that the NHS is still here for you this bank holiday weekend, with people able to access pre-booked GP appointments and emergency care.
  • For parents and carers- three young people in Leeds have provided the voiceovers for a NHS singalong nursery rhyme encouraging parents and carers to access care when their children fall ill or get injured. Other young people and their families can record their own version and share them on Twitter (@NHSLeeds) or Facebook (facebook.com/NHSLeeds) You can share this message using this Facebook post or Twitter.

Local Developments

  • Leeds got locked down… but we’ll get out again! That’s the message brought to us from Breeze Leeds along with talented young musicians, dancers, Leeds Rhinos stars and triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who have created a lockdown version of Chumbawumba’s classic anthem Tubthumping. The video really shows the resilience and creativity of young people in Leeds who have come together to create the song remotely and mainly recorded on mobile phones from home. Well done to all involved in bringing us this much-needed lockdown lift.
  • Are You OK? A reminder from Time to Shine on the importance to reach out, and details of how to access support through the council’s coronavirus helpline and new R U OK? welfare calls service.