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Update on Covid 19 - Public Health

Meeting: 07/07/2020 - Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Social Care (Item 15)

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Report to be published on 6 July so as to reflect the most current situation.

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The Cabinet Member noted the report. The report is for information only and is not subject to call-in.


Helen Atkinson, Interim Director of Public Health, introduced the report and explained how the three Directors of Public Health for Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight worked together as part of the Local Resilience Forum to ensure a consistent, co-ordinated response to Covid 19. Cheryl Scott in Communications has worked tirelessly as the Public Health Communications lead to ensure internal and external communications are up-to-date. Public Health intelligence has been leading the way in Portsmouth and across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and has modelled scenarios based on R values to prepare for a second wave, which may occur around late October / early November.


In response to questions from members, Ms Atkinson clarified


Public Health has been waiting for Pillar 2 national granular data as they did not have postcodes which are needed for outbreak management. A local data sharing agreement was signed about two weeks ago, subject to the usual data protection and information governance controls, and Public Health now receive daily figures. They also now have access to NHS digital data. As at 5 July there have been three new cases in the last seven days (one from Pillar 1, two from Pillar 2). Pillar 1 figures are from testing hospital staff and patients and Pillar 2 testing covers community testing including the Tipner site, whole care home testing and  postal home testing. Public Heath can now see how many people have been tested and how many confirmed case contacts have been identified and followed up. National figures for pillar 2 data have been added to the daily dashboard. Confirmed cases increased from 325 to 493 cases (151 to 229.2 per 100,000) which was a result of all the pillar 2 cases being added cumulatively.


The Local Outbreak Plan is not static and will be continuously refreshed depending on how policy and guidance changes, based around the seven themes. Outbreak plans will be in place until an effective vaccine is in place. Spikes in infection need to be managed while moving out of lockdown and the economy recovers.


The Local Member Led Engagement Board reports into the Health & Wellbeing Board and its membership includes six councillors from across the political parties as well as representatives from the CCG, Public Health, Healthwatch, Portsmouth Education Partnership, Shaping Portsmouth and the Hive.


Members thanked the Public Health team for their outstanding work, especially around intelligence data.


The Cabinet Member noted the report. The report is for information only and is not subject to call-in.