Norton-juxta-Kempsey Parish Council Meeting 27th October 2021 County Councillor’s Report

Our Coronavirus infection rate continues to climb and is above both the England and West Midlands average .According to Public Health England we have a rise of 21.1 per cent compared to the week before.

As many as 339 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Worcester in the week up to October 16 New cases also increased in Worcestershire to 3,166 – a rise of 17.8 per cent compared to the previous seven days.

Among the county’s six districts Malvern Hills saw the biggest weekly rise in cases with an increase of 61 per cent in a week to 285.

The highest number of cases in Worcestershire were recorded in Wychavon at 716 for theweek. That was a rise of 28.8 per cent in the area which includes Evesham, Pershore.

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The latest NHS figures show a total of 40 people were in hospital in Worcestershire with Covid-19 on Tuesday, October 19, including three people in intensive care.

The NHS data show that there have been five Covid deaths recorded for county hospitals in the past seven days.

The figures for the week, up to October 22, show the newly recorded deaths all came at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with its total moving to 863.

There have been no newly announced Covid deaths at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust with its total remaining at 64.

It means in total there have been 927 Covid-related deaths in county hospitals during the pandemic.

The Acute Hospitals Trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.

The public are encouraged to follow the safety measures set out in the Government’s winter response plan. This includes meeting outdoors whenever possible and letting fresh air in when meeting indoors. We should wear face coverings in enclosed settings when mixing with people we would not normally do and getting tested if you have any symptoms plus staying at home if you feel unwell.

Local GPs are encouraging residents to get booster jabs and second vaccine if invited to.12 to 15 year olds are now being urged to ‘Grab a Jab’ in a new County campaign.

Surprisingly latest figures show that 374 staff in Worcestershire hospitals are unvaccinated. Mandatory vaccination for NHS staff is now under consultation.

WCC are re-opening proposals for the Pershore education pyramid to change from the current three tier system to two tier. A full public consultation is now underway until the 26th November. The link below can be used to access it.

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20921/pershore_education_planning_area_review/2490/pershore_education_planning_area_review

 WEST MERCIA POLICE. New Community engagement is now live

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We are committed to engaging with our communities across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to increase trust and confidence and to help us protect people from harm.

Our communities are active participants in helping to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour and we know that by working together we can make a real difference.

Public safety, crime prevention and protection of the vulnerable cannot be accomplished by the police alone. It takes effective partnership working and strong community relationships. It is only by the police, our partners and the public working together that we can build resilient and safe communities, and both reduce and prevent crime.

Our Local Policing Charter, launched in March 2021, outlines how we will ensure we provide a visible policing presence and how, using local engagement, social media and new digital channels, we will create further opportunities for dialogue so the public can raise concerns, provide feedback, be involved and help shape policing. Neighbourhood Matters will help us to work with the public and build strong community relationships.

If you sign up to Neighbourhood Matters, you decide who you want to hear from and the type of alerts you want to receive. You’ll be getting information on exactly what’s happening in your area and what is being done about it. You’ll also hear about positive police action, good news stories and be able to play an active part in helping us with our public appeals.

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