Home Coronavirus: News and Advice Knowsley Outbreak Management Board Update – 18 November 2020
Filing cabinet with folder marked Coronavirus (Covid-19) latest

Knowsley Outbreak Management Board Update – 18 November 2020

by Nicola Appleton
Please note that the data contained within this article is correct at the time of publication – as this is a changing picture, further updates will be provided to supercede this information as and when available.
Anybody relying on this information should check that it reflects the latest published position.

Knowsley’s latest Outbreak Management Board meeting took place on Wednesday 18 November 2020.  At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the current level of cases in the Borough.

In summary:-

  • The rate of people in Knowsley testing positive for COVID-19 was reported as 303 per 100,000 population (as at 16 November 2020) – this represented a further reduction on the figure reported to the Board in the previous week which was 342.7 per 100,000 population (as at 8 November 2020)
  • Knowsley’s “underlying” rate – the rate excluding the cases coming as a result of additional testing capacity in Liverpool – was estimated as 206.8 per 100,000 population.
  • All agreed that the figures provided further evidence of declining rates and the positive progress being made to disrupt the spread of the virus in Knowsley.
  • The number of High Dependency Unit/Intensive Therapy Unit beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in Merseyside had decreased again this week and there were positive indications that hospital admissions were also starting to decline.
  • All noted this positive data, but acknowledged that pressure on local hospitals is still a major concern and that capacity at this time of year is a key challenge.
  • The Board was provided with an update from Knowsley’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the work to prepare for the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The CCG and partner agencies have been tasked with being “operationally ready” from 1 December 2020 – although this is not necessarily the date when the vaccination programme will commence.
  • When the programme does begin, the vaccinations will be given to priority groups, such as people aged over 80, care home residents etc. It was noted that widespread use of the vaccine for the population as a whole will likely not be available until summer 2021.
  • Work is being carried out at pace to prepare for the vaccination programme to begin – this takes into account numerous complexities due to the vaccine and the programme being completely new.
  • Good progress is being made in Knowsley with the CCG, the Primary Care Networks, and the Council collaborating to identify potential sites for vaccinations.
  • Further updates will be provided to the Board on a regular basis on this important piece of work.
  • An update was provided on the work ongoing around mass testing across the Liverpool City Region. This approach continues to evolve, and updates will be provided regularly to the Board.
  • Merseyside Police provided an update on enforcement activity and outlined the partnership working which is seeing positive engagement with businesses and residents.
  • The Board gave particular thanks to Merseyside Police for what they appreciated had been a busy and difficult week due to a number of serious incidents in the Borough.

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.