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Knowsley’s latest Outbreak Management Board meeting took place on Friday 20 August 2021. At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the current level of COVID-19 cases in the Borough.
- We are continuing to see an increase in new cases across the Borough, but the rate of increase is slow. There are currently 402 cases per 100,000 population. At the same time last year, we had 14 cases per 100,000 population.
- The biggest increase in cases is with residents aged 60+ and we currently have one of the highest rates in the country for this age group. There is evidence of household transmission and multiple cases in small areas, potentially linked to socialising. It was also noted that many residents in this age range will be supporting with childcare over the school summer holidays which could be impacting on case numbers. Residents are being advised to ensure they have had both doses of the vaccine and continue to take precautionary measures such as wearing face coverings, meeting outdoors rather than inside and continue with regular hand washing. Further advice can be found on Knowsley News.
- Hospital admissions are increasing locally, reflecting the increase in rates we have seen over the last few weeks. The highest number of admissions are with unvaccinated 30-34 year olds.
- In terms of Knowsley’s vaccination uptake, almost 100,000 residents have had their first vaccine (76%) and 87,400 residents have had 2 vaccines (66%). Vaccine uptake is higher in the older population. Over the last 7 days, 4,200 residents had received a vaccine (largely second doses). For 18-29 year olds, 52.51% have had their first dose and 27.90% their second dose. Further work continues to explore vaccine hesitancy amongst younger people, along with sharing where to get vaccinated and the free transport offer currently available to help residents to get to and from a vaccination site. Partnership working across other CCG areas is ongoing with regards to plans for vaccination clinics at colleges to coincide with the new academic term.
- School guidance has been issued this week from the Government, aiming to minimise disruption to education by maintaining good ventilation, continuing with good hygiene practices and enhanced cleaning regimes. Further information will be issued to schools and parents / carers in advance of the new academic year.
- Outbreaks in the Borough were discussed – there are a low number of outbreaks, all of which are being followed up to ensure COVID measures are in place and promoting access to the vaccine.
- Knowsley CCG confirmed that planning was underway for the booster vaccination campaign which is due to start in September.
- Discussion followed around primary care capacity to deliver this campaign, as well as administering first and second doses to residents who had not yet been vaccinated.
- Work was also underway on plans to vaccinate the those aged 12-15 years with underlying health conditions and also those living in the same household as resident who are immune suppressed.
- Given the target audience is now younger people, the Executive Director for Children’s Services and Director for Education and Early Years will be invited to the next Board meeting to support plans to target these groups.
The Board is chaired by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Graham Morgan, and membership includes the Council’s Adult Social Care Cabinet Member (Councillor Louise Harbour), Resources Cabinet Member (Councillor Jayne Aston), Health Cabinet Member (Councillor Christine Bannon), and Chief Executive (Mike Harden) alongside Knowsley’s Director of Public Health (Dr Sarah McNulty) and representatives from Merseyside Police (when required).