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Ulverston Self Isolation Group
We're sorry to report that the number of Covid cases in the Barrow and South Lakeland areas is continuing to rise. Barrow is well above the national average for cases diagnosed over the last 7 days, and South Lakeland has experienced a large increase. If the current trend continues without intervention, we could reach a position within weeks where the NHS is struggling to cope with Covid patients, whilst also trying to catch up on the backlog of other operations and routine treatments that have been disrupted this year.
It now seems likely that additional measures, such as a "Level 2" local lockdown, will be announced for Barrow Borough. We recommend that you monitor local media, and refer to reliable online sources of information, particularly Cumbria County Council. Find out more: https://ulverston.com/online/
In the meantime, our local businesses are suffering from a downturn in trade, and some may not survive. Please try your best, whilst taking all appropriate safety precautions, to support Ulverston's shops and leisure facilities. In particular, this week Charles and the staff at the Roxy have asked for your help to prevent the loss of cinema-going in Ulverston. Read more below.
Source: NHS Daily Sit Rep Submissions for week ending 4th October.
Please be aware that the data is collected as a ‘ sitrep ’ on the day and is not refined retrospective reporting data. It is susceptible to error caused by delays in data entry and as simple admin errors. There is no mechanism for updating or correcting any such occurrences with NHSE/ i the prime recipient.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Most of Cumbria is still behind other areas of the region in terms of the COVID-19 infection rate but the picture is changing rapidly and all areas are clearly heading in the wrong direction. The steps we’ve taken in relation to Barrow reflect the deep concern about the situation and the collective determination to get on top of it and avoid even stricter measures.

“We’re monitoring the rest of the county closely and are inevitably considering if and when it might be necessary to take further action to slow the spread. The best thing that people can do to avoid that scenario is follow the public health advice - limit your social contact, cover your face, wash your hands and be responsible. We all have a role to play in protecting each other.”

This week’s report highlights:
  • A total of 11,096 tests carried out (positive/negative/void results), a slight decrease from the previous week;
  • 366 new cases in Cumbria (+139 increase from 227 cases in previous week);
  • For the 5th consecutive week Barrow in Furness had the greatest number of new cases (+110 new cases), followed by South Lakeland (+95 new cases);
  • Barrow in Furness also had the highest rate of new cases for the 4th week running (+110 new cases = 164 new cases per 100k population - at 2 October), well above the national average (England = 101 new cases per 100k population);
  • The number of new cases increased from week 39 in all Cumbrian districts except Carlisle, with South Lakeland experiencing a particularly large increase from week 39;
  • Greatest number of new positive cases are those aged 15 to 29 years, however, there has been a recent increase in cases relating to older age groups.
  • A continued increase in hospital admissions.
Roxy Cinema
Use It or Lose It
Message from the Roxy team.
I think it’s safe to say that never in the Roxy’s 83 year history has our future been more precarious than at present. When industry giants like Odeon and Cineworld start teetering, you begin to realise the gravity of the situation we face.
We have been soldiering on however, with a mixed programme of popular films from yesteryear, interspersed with the few new releases that have become available. Some of these have had quite good audiences, (and we are so grateful to a core group of patrons who have been coming, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week just to give us some support), but the majority of shows over the last few weeks have had attendances in single figures. With the best will in the world, this is simply not sustainable. We are vigorously pursuing the grants that have been allocated to the independent cinema sector, but these are neither guaranteed nor sufficient to prop us up for very long.

So where do we go from here? We are not giving up. But we need you! We need your help if we are to get through the next 5 or 6 months until (hopefully) some major new releases come out.

How can you help?
  • Buy a ticket. We have sensible social distancing measures in place and a wide variety of films to choose from. Tickets can be bought on our website.
  • Tell your friends to come along too.
  • Share and like our posts on social media.
  • Check in on Facebook when you attend to let people know you are at the Roxy.
  • Help with our leaflet drop - could you cover your street maybe?
We can do this, but we can’t do it alone. With your support we hope to see the Roxy back on a sure footing as we look towards 2021. Please will you help us keep this Ulverston institution alive?
Charles Morris - a few years ago!
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