Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update 24.02.21

Birmingham City Council’s latest coronavirus update can be seen here and their dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 19th February can be seen here. There are signs that the impact of the national lockdown is bringing down case numbers. However rates of testing have also fallen so we cannot be confident yet that this is a real fall, especially as the fall in the percentage of positive PCR tests is only small.

The average daily Covid admissions has fallen to around 75 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city. Pressure on the NHS remains very high, although there are positive signs of case rate improving.

20 wards showed an increase in case numbers over the last week, however the actual number of cases is quite low (<62) except for Soho & Jewellery Quarter. Moseley showed a 4% increase in cases.

See our article here for an overview of guidance to stay safe and protect others. We will of course send updates in the newsletters when the guidance changes.

Roadmap Out Of Lockdown

Please see the message below, forwarded from Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health Birmingham

Dear COVID-19 Community Champion

The announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown yesterday was welcome news. It is the point to which you’ve all been working since we began the scheme in September.

 Of course, by now you’ll have learned that there is still a way to go. The dates in the roadmap are dependent on many factors, including case rates and vaccine uptake.

And as we look ahead to the likely effects of long-Covid, and the impact the pandemic has had on physical and mental health, it’s clear there is also still more to be done.

 With that said, we are encouraged by what we’ve managed to achieve through this scheme so far. It proves there is great potential for this method of distributing essential health messages across the city, and I look forward to your help in exploring it further.

 But for now, it is important for me and the Healthy Brum team to take a moment to say thank you. Not only for helping those in your communities to understand our messaging, but for helping us to better understand your communities. You really are making a difference.

  Thank you.

 Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health Birmingham

 

PM Announces ‘Roadmap’ for Lifting Restrictions

The Prime Minister set out a four-part ‘roadmap’ for lifting lockdown restrictions on Monday. It states that schools are to reopen on 8 March. Non-essential retail, pubs and tourism facilities will reopen in the second stage, currently set for 12 April. In stage three, which will be no earlier than 17 May (at least five weeks after the second step), limits on social contact will be eased. The last stage will be no earlier than 21 June (at least five weeks after the third step) when it is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be removed. Click here to find out more.

Get Tested At The Hippodrome

The rapid lateral flow COVID-19 testing site at the Utilita Arena (formerly NIA) has moved to the Hippodrome Theatre on Thorp Street, B5 4TB. The new site is open for testing seven days a week, between 8am and 6pm. Click here for more details.

BAME Councillors Come Together To Encourage Vaccine Uptake

Councillors from BAME backgrounds across Birmingham have joined together to publish a video promoting the covid-19 vaccine uptake within BAME communities.

Over 12 million people in the UK have now had one dose of the vaccine but there have been concerns that those from within Black, Asian, and minority ethnicities were less likely to accept a vaccine when offered. Barriers to vaccine uptake include perception of risk, low confidence in the vaccine, distrust, access barriers, inconvenience, socio-demographic context and lack of endorsement, lack of vaccine offer, or lack of communication from trusted providers.

You can watch the video here.

For a full Q&A on the vaccination programme from health and social care staff, please visit here.