NO Covid-19 cases recorded in Bedford Health Area
No cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Bedford Borough Health Sector last week.
In a Covid update to the Adult Services Overview and Review Committee on Tuesday (24 May), the council’s director of adult services, Kate Walker, said: ‘I don’t think we have ever had a day where we did not have a reported case in one of our regulated services.
“But from Wednesday to Friday last week, that was the case, no new cases were identified in areas that are still being tested thanks to current guidelines.
“That doesn’t mean there won’t be transmission, but transmission rates have come down,” she said.
Ms Walker added that care homes and other services remained cautious.
“They have to manage the risk in terms of discharge from hospital, in terms of visits, which are much more open and inclusive now,” she said.
Ashok Khandelwal, director of Healthwatch Bedford Borough, wanted assurances that discharges from hospital would only take place after proper testing and assessment if the person had to go to a care home.
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Ms Walker replied: “There were times when we had to make sure that these guidelines were followed.
“People are required to take a test so that their Covid status is known to the continuing care provider.
“It is positive to report that even where we have had Covid cases related to hospital discharge or otherwise, the symptoms and severity of Covid have nothing to do with that first wave.
“But it’s something we’re watching closely, we’re working closely with acute trust and release navigators to make sure we’re getting the message across that we need to take the test within 48 hours of release or admission to a care home,” she added.
Councilor Mohammed Nawaz (Labour, Kempston Central & East Ward) asked about monkeypox
“I think there are 15 to 16 cases in the UK right now, maybe more,” he said.
“I hope we have nothing in Bedford, are you aware of any cases,” he asked.
Ms. Walker replied that she was not a specialist in monkeypox.
“Speaking to public health colleagues today, I know there is a brief overview of what is happening nationally and locally, but I am not aware of anything in the borough of Bedford,” she said.