Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland stakeholder bulletin #23
7th August 2020 | By Communications Team | Posted in
Issued on behalf of the NHS in LLR
Date of issue: 7th August 2020
Through these bulletins we will keep you updated on the NHS response to Coronavirus in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We will try to ensure you have the latest information, but as you are aware the situation is rapidly changing. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at: PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk
Please continue to support the message on staying at home and in particular help us to tackle misinformation by promoting the official sources of information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Local Lockdown Latest
Melton Mowbray residents urged to play their part by taking a test
Residents in parts of Melton Mowbray are being urged to get tested for coronavirus and help reduce infection rates following a rise in cases.
Over the next week, just under 20,000 people in the north and west areas of the town will receive a leaflet, and a text from their GP, telling them to get tested if they have symptoms.
Latest data for the borough shows that although the number of cases is still relatively small, the rate means it is in the top 10 areas in the country. Data shows that there have been 32 cases in the last fortnight and the rate per 100,000 is 37.2, which is significantly higher than the national average of 8.8 per 100,000 people.
Residents who are being urged to get tested will receive a text from the local NHS and a leaflet telling them how the testing process works.
A mobile testing unit is due to be at the Melton Borough Council Offices, Parkside car park from the 6th August.
You can book a test via the NHS website or call 119.
Covid-19 Guidance Updates
The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated in line with what was announced on Monday 22 June. The clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer advised to shield, and can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. They can also return to work if the workplace is COVID-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible. More information on how to keep safe can be found here.
The guidance on face coverings was updated last week to reflect changes on when face coverings should be worn. From 8 August, the list of places where it will be mandatory for members of the public to wear a face covering will be expanded. The full list and guidance is available here.
NHS rapid coronavirus tests
The government has announced that from next week rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out to hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK to increase testing capacity ahead of winter.
Two new tests, both able to detect the virus in just 90 minutes, will be made available. Read the full announcement at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/roll-out-of-2-new-rapid-coronavirus-tests-ahead-of-winter
Transmission of coronavirus in and between households
We know that coronavirus is being passed within households in Leicester, as well as between households. It’s
vital that we do all we can to stop this. Please do not go into other people’s home or gardens, or invite them into
yours. Continue to wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds, and clean surfaces regularly. There’s more
advice on stopping the spread of viruses on the Germ Defence website.
Covid-19 Relted News
Leicester leading the way on safer campuses
The University of Leicester will be launching a new COVID-19 screening programme for all staff and students.
From October 2020, students and staff at the University of Leicester will be screened for COVID-19 as part of
plans to keep the campus and wider community safe, as students return to the city for their studies.
The University has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure it is ready to welcome new students to
campus. Small groups of students will form ‘bubbles’, which will help ensure that any case of coronavirus can be
If a member of staff or a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to follow Government guidelines
for self-isolation and those within their ‘bubble’ will be provided with assistance.
Supporting NHS COVID-19 plasma donation
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is now urgently appealing for people to donate convalescent plasma.
NHSBT needs as many donors as possible to come forward from the first wave of infections to enable as many
donations as possible to be taken now.
The welcome decline in new infections means every potential donor is now even more valuable. Antibody levels
are at their highest soon after recovery. A successful trial will enable convalescent plasma to be an additional
line of protection during any second wave.
If you’ve had coronavirus, please offer to donate by calling or 0300 123 23 23 or visiting www.nhsbt.nhs.uk.
NHS recruitment drive to tackle loneliness and improve lives
The NHS is recruiting a growing army of social prescribing link workers to combat loneliness and isolation fuelled
More than 1,200 are already helping people to improve their mental health and get more exercise by taking part
in activities from gardening to ballroom dancing. Now the NHS is fast-tracking the recruitment of an additional
500, who will work with family doctors and the growing number of clinical staff working in primary care to
provide personalised support to 125,000 more people per year.
Now, with the coronavirus pandemic compounding loneliness, isolation and mental health problems for many
people, the NHS is providing extra funding to groups of GPs to allow them to go further, so that more than
400,000 people a year can benefit from the additional support that link workers can provide to local communities.