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Knowsley Outbreak Management Board update: 18 February 2021

by Gemma Melling

PLEASE NOTE: THIS ARTICLE HAS NOW BEEN ARCHIVED AND THE DATA CONTAINED BELOW IS NO LONGER UP-TO-DATE.

Knowsley’s latest Outbreak Management Board meeting took place on Thursday 18 February 2021. At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the current level of cases in the borough.

In summary:

  • The 7 day rate continues to decline and is at 250.6 per 100,000 population (as at 14 February). The decline has slowed (20% in the last week compared to 30% the week before).
  • Cases remain high and our cases are still to high to relax restrictions. Residents are encouraged to continue to follow the rules, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • Rates with the older population remain a concern.
  • Hospitals remain under pressure, but beds occupied with COVID-19 patients are starting to decline.
  • The vaccination programme is progressing well across the borough. Earlier this week, more people have been added on to the shielding list, based on their age, ethnicity, deprivation levels and underlying health conditions. They will be eligible for the COVID vaccination.
  • Testing levels remain high across the borough through the SMART testing sites and symptomatic sites.
  • The Board received an update on outbreaks in the borough, with car sharing and work bubbles not being established identified as key factors.
  • Enforcement activities for COVID-19 breaches are continuing with Merseyside Police issuing 98 Fixed Penalty Notices in the last 7 days.

The Knowsley Outbreak Management Board is responsible for overseeing Knowsley’s Outbreak Management Plan – you can read it on Knowsley Council’s website.

The Board is chaired by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Graham Morgan, and membership includes the Council’s Health and Social Care Cabinet Member (Councillor Sean Donnelly), Resources Cabinet Member (Councillor Jayne Aston), and Chief Executive (Mike Harden) alongside Knowsley’s Director of Public Health (Dr Sarah McNulty) and representatives from Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.