Shielding to continue in Blackburn and Darwen
Clinically extremely vulnerable patients in Blackburn with Darwen who are currently on the Shielded Patient List are advised to continue to stay at home until September 7th.
They are being sent letters and texts messages by the Government to advise them that the shielding guidance has been extended for another three weeks. This is because Coronavirus levels in the area continue to remain higher than in the rest of the country.
You can find further information here: https://theshuttle.org.uk/shielding-guidance-in-blackburn-with-darwen-extended-until-september-7th/
Update from Director of Public Health
Professor Dominic Harris, Director of Public Health & Wellbeing, has written a column in today’s Lancashire Telegraph with an update on the current situation in Blackburn. It includes:-
“Despite our best efforts, we still have amongst the highest rates of transmission in the country. We had our highest rate of cases per 100,000 of the population in the week ending August 12.
“We have had a Covid confirmed case rate of 94.7 per 100,000 of the population – which represents 141 cases per week. Our testing rates are still about double the national average at 210 per 100,000 and our positivity rate is at 6.5 per cent. This is also the highest it has been in recent weeks.’
“About half of all confirmed cases of coronavirus in Blackburn with Darwen are cases within the same household…A very large number of the remaining cases in the borough are clustered in very small areas, in a number of streets, statistically at a ‘lower super output area’- of about 1,500 people.
“Here it is clear that transmission must be occurring between family, friends and neighbours. These ‘hotspots’ are telling us something very important about how the virus is spreading in the borough – that our pattern of spread is hyper-local and mostly related to social contacts with people we know.
“If we are going to avoid a full lockdown by central government we now need to be even more prescriptive on what can and can’t be done, to target the behaviours we know risk passing on the virus and to move to a stricter enforcement approach to breaches of the guidance.
“The approach we take from now on is going to have to be even more targeted on hyper-local areas of highest transmission.
“We are going to need everyone to stick to the guidance we have published and to remember to stick strictly to this – with no exceptions for family, friends and neighbours!”
You can find the full article here: https://theshuttle.org.uk/percentage-of-people-testing-positive-for-coronavirus-2/
Covid safe taxis across the borough
Teams at Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Davyfield Road depot have been fitting Perspex screens in licensed cars and cabs to provide extra protection for drivers and customers from coronavirus, by providing a barrier between the driver and their customers.
The Council has committed to fitting in all of the borough’s 1000 licensed cars and cabs to act as a barrier between the driver and their passengers.
Stickers have also been added to cars with important public health messaging as well as information on the covid-safe drive.
More information can be found here: https://theshuttle.org.uk/council-leader-launches-covid-safe-cab-drive/