Published: 23 July 2021
Look out for each other and keep doing your bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Devon. The Equality Act 2010 – a reminder of your responsibilities as decision makers. Leader of Devon County Council, John Hart, re-elected as voice for South West. Ambulance service experiences busiest week in its history. Head of Children’s Social Care and Head of Children’s Health and Wellbeing recruited. Children’s Services Ofsted report published and we’ve won the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Apprenticeships Champion Award.
Published: 20 July 2021
Met Office has issued a Level 3 heatwave alert. Look out for those at most at risk. Hot weather can be a problem, especially this year. Share this guidance as widely as possible.
Published: 9 July 2021
COVID-19 restrictions set to end – what you need to know now. Self-isolation to be eased for fully vaccinated adults and under 18 year olds. Confused about the types of COVID-19 tests available? Making it easier to get vaccinated. Devon County Council’s new website for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Tour of Britain is returning to Devon this year on Monday 6 September, and much more.
Published: 6 July 2021
The Director of Public Health Devon is encouraging people to continue taking steps to minimise risk to themselves and others. It comes following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, in which he indicated the removal of key legislation around face coverings and social distancing. Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, said: “I echo Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer’s clarification and confirmation that he will however continue wearing a mask, particularly at this point where the epidemic is clearly significant and rising.”
Published: 2 July 2021
The number of cases of coronavirus in Devon is rising significantly. There was a 75 per cent increase in the last week, and by far the majority of cases are among younger people – school age and into their 20s, and schools are seeing this through the number of pupils unable to attend due to them self-isolating at home. People working within the hospitality industry are being urged to take up the offer of having the COVID-19 vaccination following outbreaks in other parts of the country among young people working in hospitality settings. To make it easier and encourage more people to get their coronavirus vaccine, the NHS has opened up lots of vaccination sites across the South West where people can walk-in without needing to book an appointment in advance.
Published: 25 June 2021
How we’ll continue to work flexibly in the future. Members’ Area for resources. Delay to the further lifting of restrictions was inevitable. We will be back at the Devon County Show this year. Devon bids for Community Renewal Funding. Vaccination walk-in sessions, booking not necessary. All adults can now book a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. Rise in COVID-19 cases among school-age population – but schools not the cause. School admissions. Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under a new law to protect residents. Devon County Council marks Windrush Day. #ThankYouDay Sunday 4 July 2021.
Published: 25 June 2021
The latest Devon data shows a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the 0 to 19 year old, and 20 to 39 year old age groups. Cases among the under 19s have risen from 7.87 cases per 100,000 of the population, to 101.1 cases per 100,000. Cases among the 20 to 39 year old age group have risen this month from 11.67 cases per 100,000 to 106.2 cases per 100,000. The trajectory describes a sharp rise in the two younger age groups, with much less of a rise among the older age groups.
Published: 18 June 2021
The COVID-19 case rate in Devon has been increasing over the past couple of weeks, a pattern which is reflected both regionally and nationally. The latest rate for Devon is 26.7 per 100,000 which is well below the national average of 77.5 per 100,000. Across the districts in Devon, Exeter has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases (59.4 per 100,000), many of which relate to a couple of recent outbreaks. Driving that UK-wide escalation is the latest Delta strain of the virus, because it spreads more easily between people than previous variants of coronavirus.
Published: 15 June 2021
Yesterday the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a delay of up to four weeks to the easing of coronavirus restrictions planned for Monday 21 June. Current restrictions, with a few exceptions, remain in place and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do until Monday 19 July. The weekly case rate in Devon right now is 16 cases per 100,000. It was seven per 100,000 a week ago. Case rates are currently highest and increasing most rapidly in those aged 20 to 39 years old. The more transmissible Delta strain is not the dominant variant in Devon just yet. But it is very likely to become so, just as it is already in many parts of the country.
Published: 11 June 2021
Potential G7 disruption and cyber security awareness. Funding secured to support Devon’s economic recovery. Enjoy Euro 2020, but do so safely, says Public Health Devon. Ofsted focused visit update. Making our carers visible and feel valued during Carers Week 2021. Devon charity to receive the highest award for voluntary work during the pandemic and much more.