CORONAVIRUS COVID19 INFO
Public Health England is working with Government, Local Authorities and partners to respond to COVID-19. Last week, in collaboration with NHSX, PHE published a COVID-19 dashboard which presents regional data and shows confirmed cases by specimen date (the date the test was taken) rather than reporting date (the date the laboratory reported the test).
Guidance on managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic
New guidance on managing a funeral during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was published this week, to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during this pandemic. The guidance aims to balance the needs of the bereaved to mourn appropriately and ensure they are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect, whilst protecting both mourners and workers involved in funeral management.
The importance of rituals and gatherings following the death of a loved one is recognised, but it is strongly advised that the actions detailed in this guidance are taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus infection, particularly to clinically vulnerable people who are at risk of severe illness.
Guidance on how to work safely in care homes during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
PHE has published guidance on how to work safely in care homes during this period of sustained transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It provides information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers working in care homes and is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. The guidance includes:
• a flowchart for care workers providing care to residents to identify whether there is a need for personal protective equipment (PPE)
• PPE recommendations for care home staff
• frequently asked questions on the use of PPE in care homes
The guidance is derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE guidance. It is of a general nature and therefore employers should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Updates to existing guidance
Updates have been made to the following COVID-19 guidance for:
- Admission and care of people in care homes
- Schools and other educational settings
- Care of the deceased
- Stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings
- Sampling and for diagnostic laboratories
- Management of exposed healthcare workers and patients in hospital settings
- Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
Coronavirus – PPE Guidance
The UK Government and NHS leaders from a range of medical and nursing royal colleges have published guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE) for teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with coronavirus. The guidance has been agreed by the 4 Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers and Chief Dental Officers in the UK and is applicable in all parts of the UK.
The guidance reflects the fact that coronavirus is now widespread in the community, meaning clinicians are more likely to see patients with the virus, some of whom may have minimal or no symptoms. The guidance is based on the best scientific evidence and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed it is consistent with what it recommends in circumstances and settings with the highest risk of transmission. The guidance recommends the safest level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect NHS healthcare workers and specifies the type of PPE that should be worn in the various healthcare settings where patients are cared for.
Ramadan and COVID-19
Ramadan will begin on the evening of 23 April and ends in the evening of Saturday, 23 May. Staying at home during Ramadan will play an important part in the nation’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, and PHE have published a blog about coronavirus and the holy month.
Every Mind Matters and COVID-19
PHE has launched mental health advice as related to COVID-19 on the Every Mind Matters platform. The advice aims to support people’s mental health and wellbeing during this period of lockdown.
Update and news
Update to the Public Health Outcomes Framework and other PHE Official Statistics Profiles
In line with the Official Statistics release cycle, on 5 May 2020, PHE will publish an update to the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) data tool. On the same day, the online Cardiovascular disease profiles, will also be updated. Details of the indicators that will be updated for these profiles can be found at these pages:
In addition, indicators related to under 18 conceptions, pregnancy and birth will be updated in the child and maternal health profiles and sexual and reproductive health profiles, and indicators for admissions for children with long-term conditions, emergency admissions and A&E attendance in the child and maternal health profiles
There is firm evidence that public health in the early years can achieve good health and wellbeing for children now and in the future. This is brought together in the national Healthy Child Programme, the 0-5 element of which is led by health visiting services. Quarter 3 for 2019 to 2020 was published for local authorities, PHE centres and others to inform the development of these services locally on 22 April:
- The breastfeeding at 6-to-8 weeks-after-birth statistics show the percentage of mothers who continue breastfeeding.
- The health visitor service delivery metrics cover the antenatal check, new birth visit, 6-to-8 week review, 12 month assessment and 2-to-2½ year assessment (including coverage of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3)).
- The child development outcomes at 2-to-2½ years data looks at children who were at or above the expected level for various child development outcomes using data from the ASQ-3 questionnaire.
The further collection of data to the interim 0 to 5 national reporting system has now been suspended so as not to divert efforts from local COVID-19 planning and response. Full details of the revised process for data collection for 2019-20 (including all backdating) will be provided when it restarts. We will seek to ensure that no local authority is disadvantaged because of the temporary suspension of data collection. Please email Interimreporting@phe.gov.uk with any questions.
The Kent and Medway Funeral Standards
- A guide to assist celebrants, friends and families during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic