Devon covid case down again
Lowest since September
The latest weekly figures show coronavirus cases in Devon and Cornwall are the lowest since September.
A total of 108 new cases were confirmed last week – bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 48,287 – although the numbers may be slightly higher given that Tuesday’s numbers saw many false positives removed from the data giving a negative total for that day.
The week before September 5 was the last time the total was lower, with 96 cases.
While figures in Exeter, South Hams and Teignbridge last week are up slightly – none of more than four cases – while cases in Plymouth are down 75% last week.
Infection rates in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay are in the bottom ten in England, with Plymouth just outside, but rates in the city are dropping faster than anywhere else in the region.
Infection rates are highest in children up to 19 years of age. Eight of the 11 regions recorded no cases in people over 80 years old.
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health for Devon, said: ‘While the coronavirus is still present in our communities and people are still at risk of catching and spreading it, the common sense approach is the approach. careful.
“About one in three people who catch coronavirus do not have symptoms and can therefore pass the virus on to others without knowing it.
“And while vaccines reduce the chances of catching and transmitting covid-19, as well as serious illnesses, they don’t eliminate the risk because protection against the virus is not guaranteed.
“I ask people to always remain vigilant of risks as we take the latest easing of restrictions. We’re allowed to do a little more now, but just because we can doesn’t mean we have to.
He added, “Do testing part of your regular week. Make it part of a routine and also use the lateral flow device tests when you know you are likely to meet friends or family. These tests are so fast now that you will have your result and your peace of mind within half an hour. If it comes back positive, you will prevent others from catching it by staying home and having a confirmatory test. “
This comes from the fact that there are now only two patients in Devon hospitals after a positive covid-19 test, nor on ventilators.
Derriford Hospital has a patient who was admitted on May 14, while Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital also has a patient, the lowest for the Trust since October 8, with September 11 being the last time it was free of covid. No patients have been hospitalized in North Devon since April 3, while Torbay Hospital has been patient-free since April 13 – the only day since March 30 it has hosted a covid patient. No one has died of covid at Devon hospital since April 29
It comes as more than 700,000 people in Devon have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine – nearly 500,000 of whom have had a second vaccine.
Statistics, which provide the position as of May 17, show that there have been 1,169,431 vaccines delivered to Devon, with 729,168 being a first dose and 440,263 a second dose.