An update from Dr Rupert Suckling - 20 November

Our Director of Public Health provides an update on the Coronavirus situation locally

I wanted to start this week’s update by thanking all of you for your efforts to bring the infection rate down. I appreciate the sacrifices that you and your loved ones are making. I am pleased to say that we are seeing the results of this. Our rate is falling and has been for the last 9 consecutive days. Our rate currently is 364.6 per 100,000 people for the time period 7th to the 13th of November and the positivity rate, the number of people that are testing positive, has fallen to 13.7%. This is a significant reduction from 570 per 100,000 that we were seeing a few weeks ago. So thank you and please keep this up. We're halfway through the national restrictions, and a further 2 weeks of sacrifice will make a big impact. 

As I mentioned last week, Doncaster is to pick up local test and trace work. This will help us to find local infections, hot spots and areas of stubborn infection rates and act on the ground compared to the national system. We have been working hard to get our plans in place with a team of dedicated staff in Doncaster including staff who will be able to go out in the community. We are having early discussions with schools and care homes as I would want to see them tested soonest. This is not mass testing like in Liverpool but will be targeted work in areas or settings where we need to act quickly. Please do follow the guidance and work with my colleagues if they get in touch. Your help is vital to make this work. 

As always if you have symptoms – a temperature, persistent new cough or a change or loss to your sense of smell or taste, self-isolate and get a test. There are local testing centres in Doncaster so you will not be sent long distances away for one. 

You will be receiving through your letterbox from next week our Staying Safe and Well Winter Booklet – please do take time to read it. It includes advice and guidance on staying well in the colder months, Coronavirus, mental health and wellbeing advice, a guide to NHS services available, financial support guidance, carers and family support and a lot more. It also explains where you can find help and support online or on the phone. 

I also want to mention the advice on childcare bubbles as I know this is important for a lot of people. So to reiterate, a set of parents can set up a childcare bubble with one other household and no others. The bubbles are exclusive. If childcare is shared amongst parents who have joint custody and do not live together then you can each have a childcare bubble with one other household. Also do remember with support bubbles if you are a single parent or live by yourself, you can expand your close support network so that it includes one other household of any size. 

So thank you all again – keep this up. If we get our infection rate right down, then it stands us in better stead.

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Last updated: 20 November 2020 12:15:34