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Thousands more Devon residents classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’

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A further 5,700 Devon residents have been identified as being Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) from this week, and can expect a letter from the government inviting them to register on the National Shielding Support System.

Those identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable or shielding are entitled to ask for extra support they need it.

It follows the NHS looking at data and revaluating which groups of people are at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19.

Previous to this week there were approximately 32,500 people in Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay, categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – and these residents were being advised to shield until 31 March 2021.

Now an extra 5,700 people, under the age of 70, have been added to that list.

A further tranche of over 70s, who were not on the previous list, is expected to be announced soon.

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Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We are working closely with our district partners to ensure that those who are at an increased risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19 have access to extra support if they request it.

“If you are considered to be at an increased risk you will be contacted directly by the Department of Health and Social Care, who will invite you to register on the National Shielding Support System.

“That information will then feedback to district councils and the county council, and we will then work with you to determine what additional support you need. This could include, for instance, being given priority access to food deliveries. “