Published: 23 October 2020
South West Leaders call on everyone planning a half-term break to be extra careful and to follow the rules. Exeter cases ‘broadly’ back to national average. Ask a minister a question about coronavirus. Devon’s Director of Public Health, Dr Virginia Pearson, awarded the Faculty of Public Health President’s Medal. Clocks go back and Halloween is coming…
Published: 16 October 2020
The pattern in Exeter has shown a successful reduction in student cases with no sign of significant spread thanks to the swift actions of the university and other partners in working together to contain the situation. But we must not be complacent. We are now seeing more community cases in Exeter and across Devon, in line with the rise in the rest of the country, particularly in the working age population, and we expect cases to increase over the next few weeks. These cases cannot be linked to university students and the coronavirus appears to be passing between people outside of COVID-secure settings, which suggests that community spread is now occurring. Obviously, we want to limit the impact on people in older age groups and those who are particularly vulnerable so the time to act is now.
Published: 14 October 2020
The government’s new three-tiered system of local COVID alert levels comes into force today in England. Devon is at ‘medium’ alert level. We’ve put together some information to help you understand what that means.
Published: 9 October 2020
We are seeing cases in Devon rise generally as elsewhere in the country, but we are still lower than the national average for England though. In Exeter, the number of positive cases among the student population is going up significantly, but the number of cases among non-students are still fairly low, and is certainly below the England average. This gives us a high degree of confidence that we are not seeing significant spread from the student population to the non-student population in Exeter. If we think about a ‘ladder’ of interventions, and lockdown of Exeter being the top rung on the ladder, we are no where near the top yet. There are things that we can do in addition to the things that we are currently doing to help try to control that spread of the virus and hopefully avoid us getting towards the top rung of that ladder.
Published: 9 October 2020
Deputy Director for Public Health Devon says we’re not near lockdown yet; Chair of the Team Devon Board urges people not to be complacent; check confirmed cases in your area and urgent economic recovery plan unveiled and World Mental Health Day.
Published: 2 October 2020
The latest figures show another rise in the number of COVID-19 tests provided in Devon. 10,900 tests (Pillar 2) were carried out during the week ending 25 September, a significant rise on the 7,600 test carried out during the previous week. Test resources had been diverted to other parts of the country where infection rates and demand for COVID-19 testing is higher. That had, for a time, left Devon residents struggling to book tests locally and quickly.
Published: 25 September 2020
Cllr John Hart urges everyone to do all they can to avoid more severe restrictions in future; Introducing the NHS COVID-19 App and Site QR Code System – What you need to know! And new #YouCanAdopt national adoption campaign about adopting during coronavirus.
Published: 25 September 2020
Devon’s infection rate is still comparatively low, but the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests has risen this week, in line with the national trend. We currently have 61 cases across the whole of Devon reported in the latest data, and a little over half of those have been new cases in Exeter. These are cases linked to the University of Exeter and a number of students who have recently arrived for the start of term already with the virus and inadvertently passed it on to their housemates. They, and their households, are all self-isolating and following public health advice, and there’s no evidence at this stage of the virus spreading into the community. We’re monitoring the data closely so that we can respond immediately to changes as they arise.
Published: 18 September 2020
Dr Virginia Pearson, the Director of Public Health Devon said this week that it’s clear that there are some real issues with public access to testing via the NHS Test and Trace system across Devon, and that it is a national issue. She was commenting following release of the latest data that actually shows a big rise in the number of tests completed in the last seven days, (around 8,500), compared to the previous week (around 6,500). The number of confirmed cases in Devon have also fallen in the last week, from 54 to 26.
Published: 11 September 2020
The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across England is rising. That’s true of case numbers in Devon too. The Director of Public Health Devon, Dr Virginia Pearson, has this week issued a fresh warning, urging all Devon residents – of all ages, but specifically to younger residents – to follow the public health advice at all times. The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Devon is still very low comparatively, but it is rising. Not all new cases are now linked to the returning international travellers, which was the pattern we had seen previously. Our younger residents – those in their late teens and early twenties – are a tricky audience to reach with public messages, so here is a personal appeal to parents and families with dependents around that age to remind them how important it is to protect themselves and others.