Last night councillors attended one of our regular briefings relating to the current Covid infections and the new lockdown.
There are a lot of important updates:
NHS & Infection Rates
The number of Covid positive patients has increased significantly at both trusts (around 50%).
University Hospital of Derby and Burton is second only to Birmingham in Covid growth.
Derby overall (5th of January) has 555 cases per 100k population over a 7 Day Average. (The national average is 618 cases per 100k over a 7 Day Average).
A new testing facility has opened at Sussex Circus, Derby to help local residents in the North of the city to get tests when needed. There are also others testing centres already in place – more information here:
Derby’s Covid-19 Surveillance report up to the 26th of December offers a breakdown of data by area and can be found here:
We expect the situation to worsen before it improves so we need everyone to follow the national lockdown rules and pull together as a community.
The largest vaccination in the entire history of the UK is underway.
It is being led by our local NHS & Derbyshire clinical commissioning group.
It is a game changer in our fight against Covid 19. The Oxford / Astra Zeneca vaccine is now approved which helps with logistics and temperature storage alongside the Pfizer vaccine which needs to be kept at minus 70 prior to use, therefore requiring more resources to manage / distribute and store. Both vaccines are extremely effective and offer comparable immunity over two doses.
There are expansions plans as the days and weeks progress.
Prioritisation is being given to 4 demographic groups, more information on the whole delivery available courtesy of The Daily Telegraph:
A Vaccination hub at the Royal Derby Hospital has been operational for several weeks and this week Care Homes we will see GP led vaccinations via Derby Arena, Pride Park – Derby’s vaccination centre.
It is important you and your family are registered with a local GP as they are leading the call up and bookings.
Mass vaccinations will commence at the Arena later this month.
Derby City Council (Streetpride).
We are engaging daily with the cabinet member and heads of services to help support our Streetpride services and we will update residents if there is any changes or impacts as the current lockdown unfolds, but here is the update as of last night:
Raynesway Household Waste Recycling Centre remains open. The booking system was introduced to be able to keep it open with safe social distancing measures in place. Bookings can still be made online at:
Alternatively you can book via telephone on 0333 2006981.
All refuse collections of Black, Blue and Brown has resumed this week after our amazing crews enjoyed time off to spend with their families. You can check your collection schedule here:
Our Highways Team are coping with the current levels of gritting required for the current weather on our roads. We have good levels of reserve drivers and of salt.
Business Financial Support
Further support has been announced by the Chancellor of Exchequer yesterday, we will make a further post on the next phases of support to businesses.
Derby’s Covid 19 Community Hub
Those within our community who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are being asked to shield once again there is support if needed.
For those impacted, community support is available and also for anyone who wishes to volunteer.
Derby’s Community Hub can be contacted on 01332 640000. A text service is also available using 07774 333412.
We know this is a lot of information and we will do our best to update when anything develops or changes. Finally, the most important thing is, please stay safe.