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Knowsley Outbreak Management Board Update: 8 October, 2020

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS ARTICLE HAS NOW BEEN ARCHIVED AND THE DATA CONTAINED BELOW IS NO LONGER UP-TO-DATE.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 8 October 2020. At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and received an update on the current significant and ongoing increase in cases across the region.

In summary:

  • All parties noted the continued speculation in the media with regard to potential new measures coming into force in the area. No detail had been shared locally in this respect, so no update could be provided until more information was provided by the Government.
  • Within the preceding seven days, there had been 831 positive COVID-19 tests in Knowsley (up from 551 in the previous seven-day period). Around 15.1% of tests in Knowsley are currently coming back as positive (compared to 11.3% a week ago).
  • The rate of infection in Knowsley (as at 5 October 2020) was 601.1 per 100,000 people (compared to 273.7 per 100,000 a week ago).
  • It was noted that the data clearly shows that there are now uncontrolled levels of community transmission within Knowsley.
  • There are no specific geographical hot spots in Knowsley, as cases of the virus are spread across the borough (slightly higher numbers are clustered around main population centres – towns – as would be expected).
  • There is a broad age range of people presenting with the virus with large numbers of working age people testing positive.
  • The data shows that an increasing number of residents within the over 65/vulnerable category are now testing positive. This will continue to be monitored closely.
  • Hospital data shows that the number of admissions due to COVID-19 is rising. In the St Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust, the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients had doubled in the last seven days to 57 patients (up from 27 a week ago).
  • The Board noted continued work to support care homes, education, businesses, and to carry out appropriate enforcement in what is recognised as a very difficult and challenging situation.
  • The Board expressed continued concerns about the lack of effectiveness of the national Test and Trace system. Failings in this national system were also recognised as placing additional resourcing pressures on local services.
  • Merseyside Police provided an update on ongoing work to enforce the latest regulations across Knowsley and Merseyside and the proactive actions taken to date.
  • All parties raised and shared concerns about the need to be mindful of the forthcoming Halloween and Bonfire Night period and the need to be clear with residents that usual “gatherings” and activities will not be permitted.

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.