Published: 23 December 2020
Rising case numbers likely to continue unless further restrictions are put in place; The Leader of Devon County Council and Chairman of the county’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board, Cllr John Hart says a huge thank you to the people of Devon and pledges to do everything he can to support Devon’s local businesses, especially those in the tourism and hospitality industries.
Published: 18 December 2020
Case numbers are rising in some age groups; Government confirm that Devon is to remain in Tier 2 for now; Just because we can, it doesn’t mean we must. Public Health Devon asks ‘is your trip essential?’; A smaller, shorter Christmas is safer; Vaccination sites announced in Devon; Last day to apply for free school meals holiday vouchers and support for people and families.
Published: 8 December 2020
There’s no doubt that this festive season will be like no other, and we will all have to celebrate differently this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It may not be the Christmas we had planned or hoped for, but while some families will be getting together, we must all make sure that we continue to make the right choices and do not drop our guard. Please follow the guidelines and take precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe this Christmas. We’ve created this email to round-up the various information, advice, guidance and restrictions for the Christmas period to help you enjoy it as as safely as possible.
Published: 4 December 2020
Positive coronavirus cases are continuing to fall across Devon. They’ve fallen by a third, since the peak of the virus two weeks ago. Cases are slightly higher in East and Mid Devon, but the overall fall is in line with the national trend. But while cases have fallen in most age groups, they’ve risen in people aged over 80 years old.
Published: 4 December 2020
Tier 2 restrictions apply in Devon; Devon leads £2 million bid to end holiday hunger; Applications for COVID-19 Fund grants now closed; Town and parishes encouraged to attend Devon County Council’s annual budget meetings; Children’s Services and schools update; Mass vaccination programme update; and do you know anyone who could be a carer?
Published: 27 November 2020
The Leader of Devon County Council and Chair of the county’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board, Cllr John Hart said in response to the announcement about the new tier structure; The Government has decided that Devon will be under Tier 2 local restrictions when lockdown ends, subject to parliamentary approval. In this special update:
Devon responses to tier 2 announcement from the Government
Tier 2: High alert – what does that mean?
Why is Devon in Tier 2: High Alert?
What about Christmas?
Published: 26 November 2020
When this period of national lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December the government will re-introduce local restriction tiers. These are different levels of restriction that will apply to different parts of the country, depending how prevalent coronavirus is and how rapidly it is spreading. It’s similar to the system we had before, but the tiers have been strengthened in order to try and prevent the sharper increase in the rate of infections, which led to the second national lockdown. There are three tiers of local restrictions, and the government has decided that Devon is in ‘Tier 2: High Alert’, subject to parliamentary approval. We’ve put together some information in this email about why that is and what it means we can and can’t do when lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December.
Published: 20 November 2020
Steve Brown, the Director of Public Health Devon (Designate) made a fresh plea this week. He acknowledges some of the positive things happening right now, but asks that we all keep our wits about us as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise in Devon. He said: “There’s lots to be optimistic about right now, which is great. But we mustn’t let it become a distraction from the task in hand – to stop the spread of coronavirus. We may be feeling like we’re in the final chapter of this pandemic, but I wouldn’t be doing my job as Director of Public Health if I were not to inject a strong measure of caution with a dose of cold facts. Case numbers in Devon are still rising, especially in the working age population. My plea to you is that we must not let our enthusiasm to return to normal actually set us further back.
Published: 20 November 2020
“Keep our wits about us” A new plea from Devon’s Director of Public Health; Interim Devon Carbon Plan is coming soon; Dr Virginia Pearson retires; Vaccine news welcomed but caution advised; Devon leads £2 million bid to end holiday hunger; Support to Devon carers is recognised nationally. “It’s already a winner”, says Councillor Andrew Leadbetter; and Thank you to social workers on 26 November.
Published: 13 November 2020
News this week of a vaccine becoming available was welcomed by Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon, but she advises caution. “It’s exceptionally good news,” she said, “but it is still early days, and while the announcement is tremendously positive, there is still a lot of work to do nationally before a programme of mass vaccination is possible. “The NHS is currently putting in place plans to deliver a COVID vaccine to priority groups. “While the announcement this week is positive, it is absolutely vital that we do not take this as a green light to relax our efforts in halting the spread of coronavirus. It is imperative that we continue to make every effort to follow the national public health advice, to the letter. That means, maintaining social distance, wearing face coverings when out and in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult, and washing our hands properly and regularly.