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Knowsley’s Outbreak Management Board update: 11 Feb 2021

by Gemma Melling

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 supersede 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 Thursday 11 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:

  • Over the preceding week, COVID-19 case levels in Knowsley had continued to decrease and, in the last week alone, case levels had reduced by 40%.
  • Whilst Knowsley is no longer the place in the country with the highest case levels, it still remains in the top 10.
  • Of particular concern are the case levels in Knowsley within older population groups.
  • The number of people in Knowsley testing positive for COVID-19 is 358.6 per 100,000 population (as at 6 February 2021). This was a reduction compared to the figure reported to the Board one week earlier, which was 520.3 per 100,000 population (as at 30 January 2021).
  • There is some evidence to suggest that hospital admissions and bed occupancy due to COVID-19 had passed the peak, but demand and pressures remain high across local hospitals.
  • The roll-out of the vaccination programme in Knowsley continues to progress well with around 25,000 of the borough’s residents already having received their first dose.
  • The Board was particularly keen to ensure that additional messaging is shared to remind residents to continue to proceed with caution and follow the rules after being vaccinated.
  • The Board was provided with updates on a number of outbreaks across a range of settings, including workplaces and care homes.
  • Merseyside Police reported that 124 Fixed Penalty Notices had been given to members of the public breaching COVID-19 restrictions over the last seven days.
  • The Board acknowledged the efforts of Merseyside Police with regard to enforcement – especially at a time when local police teams were themselves dealing with reduced numbers due to staff self-isolating or with COVID-19.

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.