This briefing focuses on local issues and updates from the County Council including local Covid-19 data, Carers’ Week, the Balancing the Budget consultation and community testing.
The briefing also provides an update on national guidance and announcements and the latest national data on vaccinations, cases and deaths.
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Local Covid-19 data
The County Council will today publish the latest weekly Covid-19 data summary (7 June).
There has been a continued increase in positive cases, with the total number of cases in Hampshire since March 2020 now at 64,602 and 233 cases confirmed in the last 6 days.
The county’s case rate in the last 7 days has increased to 16.7 per 100,000 population but remains below the England case rate at 37.4.
There have been 2,839 Covid-19 associated deaths in Hampshire since March 2020 with 6 deaths reported in the last week with registration delays.
A total of 897,218 people are vaccinated with at least 1 dose, and a total of 591,907 people are vaccinated with 2 doses in Hampshire.
The full data dashboard is available on the Keep Hampshire Safe webpage.
The County Council is reaching out to Hampshire’s informal and unpaid carers – both adult and young carers – this Carers’ Week (7 to 13 June) to ensure they know where to go for advice and support.
In the press release, the Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, is quoted: “During the Covid-19 pandemic many people have taken on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. We want to use the opportunity of Carers’ Week to not only thank all carers for the hugely important job that they have done and continue to do, but to remind them to prioritise their wellbeing too – and to ensure they know where to go for advice and support, should they need it.”
More information, including examples of the range of support available to both adult and young carers is highlighted in the press release.
The Balancing the Budget consultation
Hampshire County Council has today launched the Serving Hampshire -Balancing the Budget consultation, which will remain open until 11:59pm on Sunday 18 July 2021.
Growing demand for local services, particularly social care, and the absence of multi-year funding from the Government means that Hampshire County Council continues to face a total budget shortfall of at least £80 million over the next two years (2022/23 and 2023/24). The consultation presents a range of options that could contribute towards balancing the budget.
More information is available in the press release and on the consultation webpages.
The County Council is reminding people who live, work or study in the postcodes – GU11, GU12, GU51 and GU52 – that there is still time to take part in the Covid-19 community testing initiative.
Following a small number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant, first observed in India, additional community testing was established from Wednesday 26 May to Wednesday 9 June.
There have been slight alterations to the opening times of testing sites, full details are available on the County Council's website.
National Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccines data
The Covid-19 vaccination daily data shows that up to 5 June, a total of 40,333,231 people have received a 1st dose and a total of 27,661,353 people have received a 2nd dose.
As of 6pm on 6 June, the total number of people tested positive for Covid-19 was 4,516,892 and daily number of lab-confirmed cases was 5,341. The total number of Covid-19 associated deaths within 28 days of a positive test was 127,840 with 4 deaths reported on the day. The data is available to view online.
The R number range for the UK is 1.0 to 1.2 and the growth rate range is 0% to +3% per day as of 4 June.
Events Research Programme
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published new guidance on the Events Research Programme (ERP). The ERP was set up to examine the risk of Covid-19 transmission from attendance at events and explore ways to enable people to attend safely.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that the leading dating apps in the UK will provide bonuses, stickers and profile badges for vaccinated users.
All secondary school and college students and their families have been urged to take a Covid-19 test before returning to the classroom next week following the half term break.
Secondary schools and colleges continue to provide packs of tests to their students so they can take two tests a week. Primary schools are also providing tests to their staff.
Adults’ social care and public health
Daily contact testing study
DHSC has updated the guidance page on the NHS Test and Trace daily Covid-19 contact testing study. People who live in areas with a variant of concern or variant under investigation and who have been traced as a contact can now take part in the study.
DHSC has confirmed that surge testing is being deployed in Bradford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Reading and Wokingham following the identification of small numbers of confirmed cases of the Delta variant, B1.617.2.
DHSC has announced the latest figures show over 40 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and 27 million people have received both doses.
The director of England’s NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, Dr Emily Lawson, is urging people that are contacted to bring forward their second jab, to rebook as soon as possible. Everyone aged 50 and above or with underlying health conditions is invited to rebook their appointment.
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