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Outbreak Management Board – Thursday 27 May 2021

by Gemma Melling


Knowsley’s latest Outbreak Management Board meeting took place on Thursday 27 May 2021. At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the current level of COVID-19 cases in the borough.

In summary:

  • COVID-19 cases in Knowsley currently remain low and stand at 8 cases per 100,000 population (as at 24 May 2021).
  • Over 65% of the eligible Knowsley-registered population has received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose and over 44% have received their second dose. Over 92% of Knowsley residents aged over 60 have had their first dose and over 91% of clinically extremely vulnerable people in Knowsley have received their first dose.
  • Hospital admissions in the local area for COVID-19 patients remain low.
  • The Board received an update on the Indian Variant of Concern, which is driving an increase in cases in a number of North West areas. In common with other areas, Knowsley is now starting to see cases locally as this variant becomes the dominant variant in the country.
  • It was noted that the vaccine offers some protection against the new variant, although it is essential that two doses of the vaccine are given for maximum protection.
  • Residents are therefore encouraged to ensure that they book their second dose appointment (through the same route as their first dose – GP or national booking system nhs.uk/covid-vaccination) and attend their appointment.
  • The Director of Public Health reiterated the importance of booking a PCR test if residents are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or if they receive a positive test result through a home testing/lateral flow test. PCR tests can be booked through nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119.
  • The Board noted the continued importance of asymptomatic testing. Twice-weekly testing is recommended in order to identify people who have the virus but are not displaying symptoms in order to stop them passing it on to others.
  • The importance of self-isolation cannot be under-estimated, and further self-isolation support will be explored. Recommendations will be brought back to a future Board meeting.
  • The “COVID-19 vaccine bus” was in Kirkby on 24 and 25 May 2021 and was well received with 237 vaccine doses administered across the two days. It will visit Page Moss (Terminus Road) from 10am until 4pm on 7 and 8 June 2021 (no appointment needed) and Stockbridge Village Health Centre from 9.30am until 2pm on 12 June 2021 (again no appointment is needed).  Options for further “pop up vaccination clinics” across the borough will also be explored.
  • The Board received an enforcement update. The re-opening of the hospitality sector in Knowsley had gone well and Merseyside Police are continuing to work with the council’s licensing service to ensure compliance with the current regulations, including self-isolation, and wearing of face coverings where required.

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 Deputy Leader (Councillor Louise Harbour), the council’s Resources Cabinet Member (Councillor Jayne Aston), and Chief Executive (Mike Harden) alongside Knowsley’s Director of Public Health (Dr Sarah McNulty) and a representative from Merseyside Police.