Cumbria Community Resilience Group: Colin Cox Update
This information follows the update to community groups from Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, on 17 July 2020 (recording available here)
The session covers, amongst other topics, the current situation around Coronavirus in Cumbria, the plans for monitoring local infection rates and controlling any future outbreaks locally.
Cumbria’s local Outbreak Control Plan, and the weekly situation reports from Cumbria’s Health Protection Board includes information on the situation in Carlisle, where there has been an increase in the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus.
General facts and figures around Coronavirus in Cumbria, and links to the national data, can be found on the Cumbria Observatory
The new national framework explaining how local lockdowns and similar control measures will operate, was published immediately following the update.
There were a number of questions that didn’t get answered during the session, and responses to those are below:
Is there a phone app for Track & Trace yet, and is there one planned?
There is not currently a contact tracing app in use in the UK, and whilst we believe this is still planned, we are not aware of a planned launch date.
The government’s Shielding programme, for those who are extremely clinically vulnerable to coronavirus and a high risk of serious complications if they contract the infection, will be paused from 31 July. The latest information can be found on the government website.
Cumbria’s Support Line will continue to run throughout August for people who have been shielding and who may still need some support: 0800 783 1966 COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk
What do we know about levels of immunity to Coronavirus in the population?
Antibody testing has shown that around 6% of general population in the UK have antibodies, and so have been exposed to Coronavirus. However, there is a still a lot of unknowns. It is not clear if antibodies guarantee immunity, or how long any protection might last. There are also some early studies that suggest that other parts of the immune system, such as T cells, may provide some protection, but it is still too early for it to be clear what this might mean in practice.