Thursday, 2nd April, 2020

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates:

National:

Global:

  • cases doubled in the past eight days. It took 75 days to log the first 500,000 cases around the world… The global fatality rate has now risen above 5% of all reported cases, with the UK, the US and Spain among countries reporting a spike in fatalities in recent days” (Guardian)
  • More than 50,000 people who have tested positive for the virus have died [51,485]
  • 1,002,159 people worldwide have tested positive for the virus
  • 208,949 people have tested positive for the virus but recovered (above all from Johns Hopkins University tracker)

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

Thanks to everyone who submitted posts in our Facebook group that contributed to this daily update!


Wednesday, 1st April, 2020

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates:

National:

Global:

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

Thanks to the members of our Facebook group for providing links which have helped us to form this update.


Tuesday, 31st March, 2020

Team updates:

Call out from the Team

We are still asking anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups and local businesses, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafleted, but we know this doesn’t cover all the areas that have been leafleted or are in groups yet. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Local updates:

  • New bus times have been announced for Stagecoach bus customers [Gloucestershire Live]. The new times are temporary and will operate across the county until further notice. They started on Monday, March 30. The routes and times however will continue to be revised and the company hopes to ensure routes that are critical are still being maintained. The company have strict cleaning routines of the buses and are adhering to the government guidance that has been rolled out for travel companies. The company is also working with the local authority to now accept the use of free concessionary travel passes before the normal 9.30am threshold. Elderly customers can now make use of dedicated shopping hours in place at many supermarkets.”
  • “The number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 and died in under the care of hospitals in Gloucestershire is 13.” (Gloucestershire Live)
  • “In Gloucestershire, 156 people have tested positive for coronavirus according to figures updated on Tuesday evening by Public Health England… up from the 109 recorded yesterday” (Gloucestershire Live). It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.

National:

  • “As of 9am 31 March, a total of 143,186 people have been tested of which 25,150 tested positive. As of 5pm on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died.” (Department of Health and Social Care tweet)
  • “One of the UK’s most senior medical leaders lauded “green shoots” of recovery from the coronavirus crisis, even as the daily death toll hit a record 381 and experts questioned whether the government has a credible route out of the lockdown. Speaking in No 10, Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England, said there had been a “bit of a plateau” in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus, which could be a sign that the UK is seeing a slowdown in its spread. He gave his assessment at a press conference alongside Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, who said it was “deeply shocking, disturbing, moving” that 381 people had died in a day.” (The Guardian)

Global:

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

Thanks to people who submitted posts on Facebook that have helped create this update.


Monday 30th March, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • A call out for help
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

  • We added a post about Stroud District Foodbank to our section on Donations, finding grants, fundraising. The Foodbank say “If you’re struggling at the moment and find yourself unable to afford food, please call 01453 367 077 and we’ll advise you how to get a foodbank voucher. Please do not go to our office or warehouse which is closed in order to protect our staff and volunteers. Thank you.” Donate to support this vital work via their website.
  • We’ve updated the way our information and support section is displayed on our website, and will be working to further improve the different sections this week.
  • Inspired by the #ClapForOurCarers event last week (Annemarie Plas’ idea), and taking on board enthusiastic comments and suggestions… we suggest we do it again in Stroud this Thursday 2nd April… with a twist! On 2nd April at 8pm we suggest showing your appreciation for all those among us who are doing essential work – including the nursery workers looking after the children of carers in the NHS and social care… and the shop workers and others ensuring we can get the supplies we need, whether its food, hand sanitiser, or toilet roll! Please share and invite friends to our “#ClapForOurCarers – #SolidarityWithShopWorkers” facebook event.

Call out from the Team

We are still asking anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups and local businesses, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafleted, but we know this doesn’t cover all the areas that have been leafleted or are in groups yet. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Local updates:

National:

Global:

  • Over 30,000 people (33,106) people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (3,215 people died since yesterday, but this is a lower increase than the previous day)
  • There are 693,224 confirmed cases globally (an increase of 58,411 since yesterday – a lower increase than the previous day)
  • More people have now died in Spain (6,528) who have tested positive for Covid-19, than have in China (3,310). Only in Italy have more people died (10,781).
  • (above points from the World Health Organisation (WHO) daily Situation Report)

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • A call out for help
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

Call out from the Team

We are still asking anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafleted, but we know this doesn’t cover all the areas that have been leafleted or are in groups yet. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Today we’re asking if there is any activity underway in Bussage. We are aware of groups covering Bisley, Chalford, and Eastcombe (eastcombegoodneighbours@gmail.com).

Local updates:

  • Doina Cornell, Leader of Stroud District Council, posted information about “Food parcels… being delivered across the UK this weekend to people who must now stay at home for 12 weeks. They are the ‘shielded cohort’: some 1.5m people across the UK have been identified as being most at risk from the coronavirus, for example people recovering from cancer or recipients of organ transplants… in Stroud District, officers in our community response team have now received the information on our own most vulnerable citizens, and will have been contacting them personally over the last few days. The first food parcels will now be arriving, delivered by the fire service, other uniformed officers or food delivery companies. Medicines will be delivered by community pharmacies.” 
  • A “43 year old [man], was arrested, charged and remanded for assaulting an emergency worker by way of coughing and threatening GBH by infecting with Covid-19” (Stroud News and Journal)
  • “There have now been six patients with Covid-19 who have died in Gloucestershire according to official figures… Four patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday”
  • “In Gloucestershire, 107 patients have tested positive for coronavirus” – two new cases since yesterday (above both reported in Gloucestershire Live, see link for full story). It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.

National:

  • 209 people died in the last 24 hours (lower than Saturday’s record rise of 260). The total number of deaths in the UK is now 1,228.
  • “Among those to have died with the virus is Amged El-Hawrani, a 55-year-old doctor and ear, nose and throat trainer at Queen’s Hospital Burton”
  • “the number of volunteers who have signed up to help the NHS during the crisis has hit 750,000… three times the initial target. The recruitment drive will now be temporarily paused to enable the Royal Volunteer Service to process the applications.”
  • “It could be six months before life in the UK returns to “normal”, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said. Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Dr Jenny Harries added: “This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months.” (above from linked BBC News article)

Global:

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.


Saturday, 28th March, 2020

This update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • A call out for help
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

Call out from the Team

We would really like anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafletted, but this is focused on Stroud town centre, Cashes Green, Brimscombe and around Chalford at present. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Local updates:

It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.

National:

Global:

  • Over 25,000 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (26,494 – and increase of 3,159 since yesterday)
  • There are 571,678 confirmed cases globally (an increase of 62,514 since yesterday) 
  • (above points from the World Health Organisation (WHO) daily Situation Report)
  • The WHO’s Director-General’s spoke at a media briefing saying, amongst other things
    • “WHO has shipped almost 2 million individual items of protective gear to 74 countries that need it most, and we’re preparing to send a similar amount to a further 60 countries. But much more is needed. This problem can only be solved with international cooperation and international solidarity. When health workers are at risk, we’re all at risk.”
    • The WHO’s Director-General also said: “More than 1 million health workers have been trained through our courses on OpenWHO.org. We will continue to train more.”
    • “We’re also delighted to report that the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund has now received donations of more than US$ 108 million in just two weeks, from 203,000 individuals and organizations. Thank you to each and every one of you.”
    • “The English version of [the WHO] WhatsApp Health Alert now has more than 12 million users globally, and the Arabic, French and Spanish versions were launched today. More languages will be added, including Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Kurdish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Urdu, Swahili and more”
  • Italy: Over 10,000 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (10,023). And there are now 92,472 cases in Italy (Guardian report).
  • Spain: Over 5,000 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (5,690), and there are now 72,248 cases in Spain (Guardian report). The head of Spain’s centre for health emergencies, said “we’re getting close to the peak of the curve that we’re studying so anxiously…” but added that “Spain’s overstretched intensive care units (ICUs)… were predicted to pass beyond full capacity in less than a week’s time” 
  • France: Over 2,000 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 (2,314 – Guardian report)
  • China: “Wuhan, [the city] where the virus first emerged, has partially reopened after more than two months in isolation” (today’s BBC Live blog)

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.


Friday, March 27, 2020

This update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

Local updates:

  • An 85-year old man who had tested positive for coronavirus died on Wednesday, it was announced today. The main, who had underlying health conditions, was the first patient to have tested positive for coronavirus to die in Gloucestershire. (Stroud New and Journal report)
  • A total of 78 people in Gloucestershire have now tested positive for coronavirus, an increase of 14 (Gloucestershire Live report)
  • Gloucestershire Live also noted that the “Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has the highest concentration of confirmed cases per 100,000 people outside the capital. As of today the health board has 358 confirmed coronavirus cases, more than half of the 628 infections in Wales.” This area borders the Forest of Dean.

It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.

  • Ecotricity have offered three locations for NHS and key worker use. Dale Vince said “A lot of front line people need somewhere to stay overnight, away from their families, to keep them safe. That’s becoming difficult as overnight accommodation is shutting down. Our first guest tonight is a midwife – we have room for 12 people in total.” The New Lawn – home of Forest Green Rovers, recently-vacated town-centre office Unicorn House, and FGR’s player hostel have all been made available.
  • There is a “Stroud area housing offers and requests” Facebook group for anyone needing accomodation or able to make some available on a smaller scale. “A group to introduce those in need of accommodation (due to self distancing/moving to keep someone else safe/homelessness) to those who have spare annexes/cottages/summer houses/yurts etc during this time of locking down. Lots of Airbnb accommodation is available as so many cancellations and many needing separate accommodation to others. Reasonable rates please as this is a community”
  • The NHS organisation that runs our local major hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) – where patients with coronavirus will be treated – launched a video featuring NHS workers asking us to Stay at Home to help protect them. Read the full NHS Stay at Home advice.
  • Gloucestershire County Council have launched a Community Help Hub.
  • Individuals, organisations and businesses can offer help on the Gloucestershire County Council Community Help Hub.
  • People who need help are encouraged to register with the County Council system.
  • Gloucestershire County Council also have a phone line available – if you cannot use the online form, please call 01452 583519. The lines are open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am-4pm. They emphasise: “This is a priority telephone line for people who  need help or are volunteering, please do not use it for reporting other issues”.

UK:

  • “The UK has recorded its biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths for the second day running. In the last 24 hours, 181 have died after testing positive for Covid-19. It comes after 115 deaths were recorded the day before.” (Guardian) 
  • 759 people who had tested positive have died in the UK
  • “UK infections are now doubling roughly every three to four days” 
  • 33,000 hospital beds have now been freed up – or created in field hospitals – to treat patients (Above three points from linked BBC article).
  • 113,777 people have now been tested for Covid-19; of those 14,543 have tested positive (tweet from the Department of Health and Social Care. This represents an increase in the last day of 2,885). You can track UK cases via the government website.
  • Health workers on the frontline in England will start being tested this weekend to see if they have coronavirus, the government has announced” (BBC). This follows a wave of criticism and campaigning including a petition signed by 1.25 million people.
  • As Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive for coronavirus, and the government’s Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, also reported symptoms and went into self-isolation, Public Health experts criticised the government’s approach so far. Dr John Ashton, a former regional director of Public Health England, said: “The government has been too slow to act on this, and they’ve been slow as individuals. I was surprised to see prime minister questions going ahead this week – it was clearly unnecessary. It reinforces the view that lockdown measures taken earlier this week should have been taken sooner, and raises questions about the ability of people in power, including the prime minister, to discipline themselves. They should all have been more careful.”
  • Prof Devi Sridhar, chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Leaders need to lead by example. It wasn’t a good thing that he was telling people that he was going around shaking hands and being quite nonchalant about the virus.”

Global:

  • The total global number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed half a million
  • 46,484 people were confirmed to have the virus – bringing the total to 509,164 
  • 2,501 people died who had tested positive. A total of 23,335 people have now died after testing positive.
  • The United Nations World Tourism Organization launched a Crisis Committee to review the impact of the outbreak on the aviation, shipping and tourism sectorsand propose innovative solutions for recovery
  • (above points from the World Health Organisation daily Situation Report, where you can find out more and see a detailed breakdown by country)
  • France: 32,964 confirmed Covid-19 cases – 3,809 more than the previous day. There have been 1,995 deaths in hospital, an increase of 299 in 24 hours. “There are 15,732 people in hospital, with 3,787 in intensive care. One third are under 60 years old and 42 of those in intensive care are under 30 years old… about 5,700 people who had the Covid-19 virus had recovered”  
  • Italy: another 919 people died – the highest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths. 9,134 people who had tested positive for coronavirus have now died in Italy.

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

This update includes:

  • Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
  • A call out for help
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Team updates:

Calls out from the Team

We are currently looking for people who can offer a few hours of help a week with our WordPress website

We also have a call out for qualified, experienced, DBS-checked tutors who would like to be listed through our network as providing paid or voluntary online tutoring.

Local updates:

National:

International:

  • The WHO confirmed via its daily situation report, that there are now  413, 467confirmed cases (up 40,712 since yesterday).
  • 18,433 people have died as a result of the pandemic (2,202 people died yesterday
  • The above statistics are taken from the World Health Organisation daily Situation Report, which also includes further information about the situation in different countries.
  • The WHO’s Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) website: www.who.int/epi-win, “gives people access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand advice and information from trusted sources on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, translating scientific information to actionable information.” 

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

If you submit posts to our Facebook group, we will often decline posting them to the discussion directly and instead hold them till the single daily summary – to try to reduce the number of posts in the feed and make it easier for people to manage the volume of information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose.