Covid 19 Update – Wigan Borough

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Keep Well This Winter
The GM Ageing Hub have put together some useful resources with key information about how residents can ‘Keep Well This Winter’. I have requested some Printed Booklets
Click Here to Download a Booklet
(Link May not Work on some Mobile Phones)

The booklets are particularly aimed at older residents who may not have digital access. Residents with access to email can request a booklet to be sent by post by sending An Email Here with their Name and Address
(If Email Link did not work on your Mobile. Send your request to [email protected])
Click Here to Watch a Short Film about Keeping Well
Click Here to visit the Keep Well Campaign Homepage

Libraries and Life Centres
To help the council maintain essential services, libraries and Life Centres across the borough will remain closed until the new year. The decision will also help the council manage its workforce

Spend, Support, Shop Local
Last weekend, Wigan Council launched a new campaign encouraging residents to #SupportLocal this Christmas. Though the first phase of the campaign will focus on supporting independent businesses during the festive period, this campaign will run into 2021 and will embrace our community wealth building values, supporting small borough-based businesses of all kinds.

Return of Weekday Free Parking for Christmas Shoppers
Free parking for Christmas shoppers has once again been extended in Wigan and Leigh town centres, following on from a new support local campaign by Wigan Council. To help everyone make a head-start on Christmas shopping, all council car parks will be free after 3pm on weekdays. This is in addition to the long-term free weekend parking scheme already in place. Free after 3pm parking continues until Friday, January 29. Free weekend parking continues until Sunday, March 28.

COVID-19 Tracker
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published. It shows:

  • The number of new cases continues to decrease but remains higher than the rates seen regionally and nationally
  • Wigan Borough’s rates now sit at 212 per 100,000. Wigan has the fifth-highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester
  • Wigan, along with all authorities in Greater Manchester, is currently classed as a Very High-Risk area
  • Wigan is now in Tier 3 following the end of the national lockdown
  • Click Here to See More COVID-19 Updates & Advice

New Restrictions Come into Force 
Wigan Borough, along with the rest of Greater Manchester have entered Tier 3 of the new local restrictions. The first review point for the current tier allocations will take place by Wednesday 16 December according to the government.

Wigan and Leigh Rugby Legends Commence Battle Ahead of RLWC
The countdown to next year’s Rugby League World Cup is officially on as the borough gets ready to welcome some of the best players from around the world to Leigh Sports Village. On top of being a World Cup host, we learnt in the summer that Wigan and Leigh will be the team training base for Lebanon’s men’s team who was a quarterfinalist in the previous World Cup

Click Here to view the dates, venues and kick-off times for each of the three tournaments

Adult Services Update 03/12/20

Care Homes:
38 care homes are reporting no residents currently symptomatic in the home or hospital. 14 care homes affected today

WWL still under pressure due to A&E attendance & also high number of positive cases

In-house Services:
Currently, 18 staff members in isolation. (x13 SLS, x1 Day Centre, x2 Residential, x2 SET). Testing took place at Mayfield yesterday and we are awaiting results

External Supported Living:
Supported Living going well; we have made good connections with the Learning Disability team lead around flu vaccinations.

Testing and Contact Tracing:
Demand for the outreach response of the Mobile Test Units (MTU’s) to support services with clients who have complex needs and educational establishments continues.

Numbers of people booking PCR tests at our ‘drive-through’ test facility have reduced significantly, reflecting the downward trend in cases in key workers
We have therefore suspended our drive through test facility for two reasons:

  1. The site agreed with DHSC and Deloitte’s for a ‘National Walk Through’ PCR Test Centre will be operational week commencing 7th December.
  2. It will give us some space and time to think through Targeted Testing at Scale and how we will implement the GM strategy and Lateral Flow testing. Having just received 10,125 Lateral Flow Test Kits.

Track and trace – the focus is on over 60s, particularly with contact tracing to reduce onward transmission.

Personal Protective Equipment
There is still a secure stock of PPE in Wigan, there are no issues with our supply thanks to the Council procuring supplies, NWADAS and national supplies delivery. Now responding to requests from Primary care for emergency supplies and supported CCG with the delivery of FFP3 masks to CHC community