This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
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Latest infection statistics in Cambridge
Infection rates show a further fall in Cambridge, although deaths have risen sharply. Public Health England data indicate there were 351 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge, for the week Jan 20th – Jan 27th. This is a 16% reduction from the previous week in Cambridge. 11 people tested positive in Petersfield in the 7 days upto Jan 22nd. Sadly, there have been 13 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in Cambridge University Hospitals for the period Jan 21st – Jan 27th.
Vaccination Roll Out
As of Jan 27th, 7.2m people in the UK had received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 474,000 have received their second dose. The latest data shows that 15-28 days after a single dose, the Pfizer vaccine is 92% effective. A single dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine is 73% effective for 22 – 84 days in protecting against Covid-19 infection. Data is not available beyond this period for a single dose. It is not yet known whether people who have received the vaccine can spread the virus and it is important to continue to follow lockdown advice to prevent further transmission.
Large Scale Vaccination Centre
The NHS has launched its first large scale vaccination centre in Cambridge as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. The centre will be located on the ground floor of the Grafton Centre in Cambridge. It provides an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across Cambridge.
Coronavirus: Support for residents
If you or a loved one are finding this third lockdown particularly difficult, help is at hand in your local neighbourhood. You can find the details of the groups that can assist in your local area on the city council website: www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-ask-for-help or by phoning 01223 457000, Monday to Friday 9am to 5.15pm. Information about financial help for people on low incomes and who are struggling is available here: www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-financial-support-for-residents or phone us on 01223 457000
The county council will help with social care and mental health services – go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or phone 0345 045 5219, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If you have concerns about mental health you can phone the Lifeline support number 0808 808 2121 daily from 11am to 11pm. You can also phone the NHS 111 number and ask for option 2 and visit the Keep Your Head website www.keep-your-head.com. If you have a wider health problem, phone 111. Support is also available if you care for someone else, whether you call yourself a carer or not. Information is available at www.caringtogether.org or by phoning 0345 241 0954.