Cases

Deaths

As of 5pm 4 July, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 44,220 have died across all settings.

Daily Cumulative
Deaths in all settings 22 44,220

Positive cases

As of 9am 5 July, 285,416 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK.

Daily Cumulative
Positive cases 516 285,416

Face coverings – wear at all times if visiting our services

Please wear a face covering at all times when visiting our services. Patients and members of the public may wear a face mask, but a face covering is enough and we thank you for complying with this additional safety measure introduced from Monday 15 June.

Wearing a face covering will help limit the spread of COVID-19, and protect others from the virus.

For the face covering to be effective, please be aware that:

  • it should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off. Please avoid touching the front or the inside of the covering, and handle it by the ear loops or ties
  • when wearing the face covering, avoid touching your face at all times.

You should follow other infection control safety measures when visiting our hospitals, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

Government advice:

In summary please:

  • Wear a face covering or mask when at any of our sites
  • Keep 2 metres between you and other people where possible
  • Regularly wash and/or sanitise your hands.

Guidance on shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable 

The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme.  For now, the guidance remains the same: stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone. 

From 6 July, you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household.  

From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing. 

 

NHS Test and Trace service

NHS Test and Trace service has launched on Thursday, May 28, across England.
The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members and people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

Stay at home to stop Coronavirus spreading

You should stay at home as much as possible. The reasons you may leave home include:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home
  • going to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

These reasons are exceptions and a fuller list is set out in the regulations. Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent away from the home and ensuring that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

Tests now available more widely

Book a test at gov.uk/coronavirus if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
This applies to:
· Essential workers
· Anyone who must leave home for work
· People over 65

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you are advised to stay at home for seven days. Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for seven days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

NHS 111 online support via text message for people with Covid-19 symptoms 

  • People self-isolating with suspected coronavirus symptoms will get regular check-ins from a new NHS 111 online messaging service. Visit 111.nhs.uk  to get to the NHS 111 Online assessment pages.

Once individuals have been through the online assessment, daily texts will be sent to those who have registered their Covid-19 symptoms and left contact details.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Briefing for key stakeholders

A weekly briefing from the Oxfordshire health and care system to key stakeholders.

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – June 9, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – June 2, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 27, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 19, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 12, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 5, 2020

Looking after your health and mental & physical wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you’re at home:
  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

Oxford Health has launched 24/7 mental health helplines for adults and children in all our regions

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire

Adults: 01865 904997.
Children and young people: 01865 904998

Bath and North East Somerset

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Off The Record

 

Wiltshire

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: On Your Mind

 

Swindon

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01793 463177
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Swindon local offer

 

For more mental health advice advice, see:

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Domestic abuse

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. The household isolation instruction as a result of Coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Getting the right information

Disinformation

The current pandemic has paved the way for the spread disinformation in the form of misleading news and information about Coronavirus. When shared, false information can have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Cabinet Office are running a campaign to prevent Coronavirus disinformation, asking the public to stop and think before sharing content and to use the SHARE checklist to identify when information might be false. You can find the SHARE checklist here.