Public Health messages
Message from IntraHealth to Year 9 parents regarding HPV1 vaccines
If you would like your child to receive the HPV1 vaccine in school please follow this link to complete an online consent form;
The vaccinations will take place at your child’s school in the new year, date to be arranged. The link will close on Thursday 31st December 2020. If your child has already had the HPV1 vaccine please disregard this message. If you have any problems accessing the link please telephone 0333 358 3397 option 9 (1)”
Thank you for your co-operation and support in trying out this new electronic consent scheme.
Message from Jason Goforth, Commissioning & Service Development Manager, Public Health, Hull CC
Public Health – Hull City Council commission a number of services, one of those service is the 0-19 Integrated Public Health Nursing Service (IPHN). The current service is due to be re-commissioned and we are looking to engage with local service users to provide them with the opportunity to shape what the next commissioned service looks like.
As school nursing is part of the 0-19 IPHN service it would be fantastic if we could get parents of primary school aged children to feed back their thoughts on the service and how it could be improved. I have included a link below to a survey designed for parents to feed back their thoughts and any ideas on how it could be improved. I would be really grateful if you could complete the survey below, we do have paper versions available as well as easy read and versions in multiple languages upon request.
Public Health England - letter to parents and guardians 23/09/2020 here
Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team for school staff and parents, 11th January 2021
“I’m sure you will all be aware from the national news that the Covid situation across the country is the worst it has ever been. This is a really difficult time for everyone with the new lockdown to adjust to, and wanting to do the best we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Fortunately, in Hull, our 7-day rate of new cases at the moment is less than half the national rate, and five times lower than in the worst affected areas. We haven’t seen much of the new variant here yet.
Our most recent 7-day rate in Hull is 301.4 per 100,000 which means that in the week to 6 Jan, 784 people in Hull tested positive. These numbers have been going up since mid-December, but have fallen a little in the last few days. For comparison, the England rate is 650.9 per 100,000 and is still rising. Our highest rate in Hull was in mid-November when it was 780 per 100,000 (over 2000 new cases a week).
Vaccines have started to be given to our over 80s, and will be rolled out to the most clinically vulnerable residents over the next month. Access to asymptomatic testing is increasing and is being rolled out in secondary and 16+ settings. We understand that national plans for asymptomatic testing for primary and early years staff are being developed.
So, my message to you is that our rates remain moderately high, but thankfully not as bad as other areas. This means that if we continue to minimise mixing and stick to the lockdown and school/college measures we have a chance of escaping the worst locally. So please continue to do everything you can to look after yourselves and each other.”
Covid-19 update from Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team at Hull City Council, 9 December 2020
“Our rates of Covid in Hull peaked on 16th November and have been falling steadily since then. Our most recent rate is 195 cases per 100,000 in the 7 days to 4 Dec. This is about 500 people testing positive for Covid in a week in Hull. For comparison, in our worst week we had over 2,000 new cases.
It’s a huge relief to see the numbers coming down. However, they are still much higher than we were in the summer, when we were seeing fewer than 10 new cases in a week, so there is still a long way to go.
It’s clear that the second lockdown really helped to reduce transmission of the virus in the city and we are concerned that the end of the lockdown will lead to rates starting to increase again. To prevent this happening, we will all need to continue to follow the Tier 3 measures and minimise mixing with others. Thank you for your continued efforts and sacrifices.”
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team at Hull City Council, 9th November 2020
“Sadly, the most recent Covid figures for Hull show a very, very fast increase in our number of people testing positive and we expect this to continue to get worse in the coming days. In the last complete 7 day period (27 October to 2 November) our 7 day rate per 100,000 people was 545.1. This means that about 1,420 people in Hull tested positive in those 7 days. This is now more than double England’s 7 day rate of 240.3 per 100,000 people and it means we have one of the highest rates in the country. We expect our rate to be around 668 per 100,000 in 3 days’ time (about 1,740 cases).
This means that we are in a completely different place to where we were before half term. We need to look after ourselves and each other more than ever now. We will continue to work with schools when they have confirmed cases and to support with preventative measures. If someone in your household has symptoms or tests positive, or you are asked to isolate as a contact, please stay at home. Thank you for your continued support with this.”
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team at Hull City Council, 16 October 2020
As I’m sure you’ll already be aware the number of people with Covid-19 in Hull has gone up sharply in the last two weeks. The most recent complete data (up to 9 Oct) show that our 7 day rate of new infections is 97 per 100,000 - which is about 250 new cases in a week. This rate remains lower than England’s and is currently the lowest rate in Yorkshire and the Humber. We expect our rate locally to keep rising though. You may have noticed different numbers from different sources. This is because we are sharing the latest complete data from Public Health England, but some news outlets like the BBC are using numbers from more recent days where not all the results have been included yet.
We have looked carefully at the ages of people with Covid-19 in Hull. Our 0-15s have always had the lowest rate and this is still the case. The 16-29 age group has the highest rate. This means that our young people and young adults have a higher likelihood of catching Covid-19 than other age groups at the moment. This is similar across England.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other by sticking to the guidance:
· wear a face covering when required
· observe social distancing
· wash hands often for at least 20 seconds
· take notice of Coronavirus symptoms and any changes to these
· take action by isolating and immediately organising a test if symptomatic and isolating if advised to do so.
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team at 02 October 2020
“Since last week, our rate of coronavirus cases in Hull has increased. The latest data shows that we had 25.7 cases per 100,000 in a week - which is about 67 people testing positive in a week. This is still much lower than the rates in both England and the Yorkshire and Humber region, however we do expect the Hull rate to continue to climb.
There have been a handful of confirmed cases in our schools and colleges but no outbreaks so far this term. Thank you for all your efforts to try and follow the guidance, especially by keeping your family at home when they have coronavirus symptoms.”
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Hull City Council Public Health Team 24/09/2020
“Our most recent weekly rates of Covid-19 infection in Hull have fallen since last week’s update to 7.7 per 100,000 - so that is about 20 new cases in one week in the city. This is much lower than rates for both England and the Yorkshire and Humber region. Fewer than 1 in 100 people who take a Covid-19 test in Hull at the moment actually turn out to have it, which is good news. However we know that the difficulties getting a test mean that some infections are not being picked up.
We remain very fortunate to have such low numbers but we do expect that these will rise soon, as they have across the country. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other by following the latest guidance.”
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Hull City Council Public Health Team 16/09/20
“This is my weekly update on Covid-19 in Hull. Unfortunately, our number of Covid cases in Hull has gone up significantly since last week. The most recent 7 day rate of infections (as at 16/09/20) was 15.3 per 100,000 people which is about 40 new cases in a week. We did not want to see our numbers rising so quickly. However, they are still very low in comparison to England and the Yorkshire and Humber region. We are keeping a close eye on the changing pattern and this is why we have changed our expectations around face covering use in schools. I will tell you if there are additional measures we need to take to keep Hull safe.
I know that it is difficult to get a test for Covid at the moment and this is causing disruption for many families. Here in Hull we can’t change how the national testing system works but we have fed your concerns and complaints back to the national Test and Trace system. Please do stay at home and keep trying to book a test if you have Covid symptoms (a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss of smell or taste).”
Message on behalf of Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health and the Hull City Council Public Health Team 08/09/20
As our children, young people and teaching staff return to schools and colleges after the summer break, I wanted to let you know what the current Covid-19 picture is in Hull. Our most recent 7 day rate of infections (as at 08/09/20) was 4.2 per 100,000 people, which is about 11 new cases in a week. This is much lower than the rate across England and the region. It means that we are in a really good position as we return to school and college.
However, numbers are starting to rise again across the country and so we need to continue being careful to keep our numbers low. Please take care of each other by continuing to wash your hands often and to follow your school’s Covid guidelines. Take note of the symptoms of Covid-19, and take action by staying at home if you or your family have symptoms and seeking a test for the person with symptoms.
We’re confident we have really good systems in place locally with schools to respond quickly and effectively to any cases or issues that arise.
I will update you regularly on our local situation and I wish you a happy and healthy autumn term.