Agenda and draft minutes

Hampshire Local Outbreak Engagement Board - Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 10.00 am

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Items
No. Item

66.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Judy Gillow.

67.

Declarations of Interest

All Members who believe they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting must declare that interest and, having regard to Part 3 Paragraph 1.5 of the County Council's Members’ Code of Conduct, leave the meeting while the matter is discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with Paragraph 1.6 of the Code.  Furthermore all Members with a Personal Interest in a matter being considered at the meeting should consider, having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 4 of the Code, whether such interest should be declared, and having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 5 of the Code, consider whether it is appropriate to leave the meeting while the matter is discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with the Code.

Minutes:

Members were mindful that where they believed they had a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in any matter considered at the meeting they must declare that interest at the time of the relevant debate and, having regard to the circumstances described in Part 3, Paragraph 1.5 of the County Council's Members' Code of Conduct, leave the meeting while the matter was discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with Paragraph 1.6 of the Code.  Furthermore, Members were mindful that where they believed they had a Personal interest in a matter being considered at the meeting they considered whether such interest should be declared, and having regard to Part 5, Paragraph 5 of the Code, considered whether it was appropriate to leave the meeting whilst the matter was discussed, save for exercising any right to speak in accordance with the Code.

There were no declarations of interest.

68.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

69.

Deputations

To receive any deputations notified under Standing Order 12.

Minutes:

There were no deputations received. 

70.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.

Minutes:

The Chairman noted the encouraging news regarding completed vaccinations within the county.

71.

Outbreak Control Position Report pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Public Health on the current situation and up to date data.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Public Health shared the weekly update with the Board outlining the current situation in term of managing the outbreak in Hampshire including data on current infection numbers, the position for care homes and death rates across the county.  

 

Members received an update on the national picture and revised scale which confirmed Hampshire rates as being in the lowest categories.  Rates were reviewed by ethnicity, age, and areas and overall going down.  Work around communications and marketing continues to target and support appropriate action.  With the steady fall in rates, the R rate in the Southeast is currently between 0.6 and 0.9 with a continued decrease for ceremonial Hampshire.  The all age 7-day case rate of 114 is currently lower than that of England and the Southeast and continuing to fall.

 

Outbreaks in care homes do affect the rate and the Public Health team look across all districts around the county on a daily basis to review and manage outbreaks in any settings and testing to pick up asymptomatic people to ensure rates continue to fall. 

 

The number of people in hospitals is falling but is still a lot of pressure on the NHS at this time.  Southampton continues to accept residents from various areas due to the services and expertise offered by the hospital.  Ventilator bed usage rates continue to fall, and hospitals are managing well in terms of critical care needs.  Unfortunately, there have been over two thousand deaths and some lag in the reporting.

 

The current Covid alert level guidance is being followed and a variety of factors have an impact such as the level of compliance with rules, vaccination levels, etc. and careful preparation continues for the easing of lockdown.

 

Community testing for those without symptoms, subject to approval, will commence from 22 February for front facing workers or those who must travel for work.  This will include County Council staff who may not qualify under other programmes.  The department is grateful to district colleagues in this partnership approach implemented at a fast pace to find the right venues and staff and currently waiting for approval.  Better understanding the asymptomatic condition will help break the infection chain.  One out of three people will have Covid without knowing it and everyone taking part in the lateral flow testing will be doing their part to help.

 

Testing for specific settings and developing bids for groups such as primary school teachers, companies of 50 or more, etc. continues.  This will allow for home tests to be used to meet needs of Hampshire population using government funding for the programme.

 

There has been news of single case of South African variant in the Bramley area, but the risk is low with national restrictions in place.  To enable the government and Public Health team to understand how this variant is spreading, surge testing is likely to commence tomorrow door to door with identified postcodes.  Tests are expected to arrive on 16 February and walking routes have been designed.  Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Actions of the Director of Public Health

To receive an update from the Director of Public Health on actions taken and powers that have been used.

Minutes:

The Director of Public Health provided updates as noted in the item above regarding community and surge testing.

73.

Communication Engagement Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive an update on community engagement and messaging, including communication with communities and district councils.

Minutes:

The Executive Member of Public Health updated the Board on communications and engagement noting that the Communications team continues to be engaged and active with new developments.  

 

Members heard that the roll out of vaccination programme and stay at home messages continuing with a well-received lock down animation that reached over 700,000 residents.  Connect to Support work carried on with children receiving meal vouchers and activities with child focused graphics over half term.  Posts about mental wellbeing advice, help for unpaid carers, and signposting for those experiencing domestic abuse remained priorities.  

 

There were 97 media inquiries and regarding the mobilization of the temporary mortuary, care home outbreaks, community testing, etc.  With regards to vaccinations, NHS messaging has been amplified - when and what to expect and advice on post vaccination behaviour.  Dedicated pages have supported national programme and provided signposting to the NHS information hub.  Targeted messages on vaccine hesitancy and awareness of scams have been shared to protect those vulnerable, shielding or socially isolated.  Targeted engagement for hard-to-reach BAME, Nepalese, traveller communities continue as well as outdoor media and posters in over 130 strategic points.  Upcoming priorities include plans in place with surge testing, the possible return to school, and encouraging young men to wear face coverings.  Communications targeting asymptomatic testing and the booking system are ready for launch and preparation continues for event planning ahead of the summer.

 

Members heard that vaccination for informal and unpaid carers is also starting with the local authority role in managing eligibility and easing access for this group.  Communication will go out next week to carers and will be managed carefully with support of practitioners as needed for eligibility, as well as voluntary sector groups engaged.

 

Members noted that the news has been encouraging and pushing the message to carry on following the guidance in Hampshire communities continues to be a priority.

 

 

 

The meeting ended at 10:45am.