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Update from Cllr Penny-Anne O’Donnell

Good Evening,

I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful weekend weather!

As we continue to try to formulate our new normal, we are ever mindful that it is a fine balancing act. This is especially the case for those households who stopped shielding this weekend.

In a week where there has been a spike in cases else where in the country remaining alert and vigilant is key to keeping our district safe. As many people are planning staycations this Summer adhering to the Government advice around and washing, face coverings and safe distancing remains of paramount importance.

Business Rate Grants – SDC have made the current total is £33,541,000 to 2854 businesses, this includes 234 Discretionary grants totalling £1,339,500

Stratford Town Centre – SDC and WCC are listening re businesses concerns around the new road layout to make Stratford Covid Compliant. As with any new scheme it takes time to practically see how ideas can be improved. A revised scheme has been developed and will be announced in the near future.

COVID-19 Thank you neighboring Cllr Ann Parry for the following WCC data:

The cumulative cases across the county are now 2552 up from 2538 with confirmed cases in Stratford on Avon District at 532 up by five cases since the previous week. These cases now include data from both Pillar 1 (hospitals and NHS settings) and also Pillar 2 (community). Testing is continuing at Stratford College and the Track and Trace initiative is continuing to work well.

Out of the 423 SWFT Hospital Beds there are no inpatient cases of COVID-19 at present and no patients are in the intensive care unit. The cumulative deaths across Stratford District remains the same as the last two weeks at 167 with the deaths in care home remaining at 82 from a cumulative of 946 ‘all cause deaths’ in the district. The cumulative total of all COVID-19 deaths in Warwickshire is now 588 (up four over the week) and over the same period there have been 3143 non COVID-19 related deaths in Warwickshire. Across the county there have been a total of 211 COVID-19 deaths in care homes settings (an increase of two in the last week) compared to 1101 ‘all cause deaths’ in care homes over the same period.

The capacity in hospitals remains excellent with no beds occupied by COVID-19 patients but there are 17% beds taken up with suspected COVID-19 patients. There are 42% of beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 41% reinforcing that the NHS is getting back to business!

Have a great week, enjoying this beautiful weather at a safe distance from others.

Penny-Anne O’Donnell

Ward Member Ettington.

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