Devon to Covid Again – Radio Exe
But below the national average
Covid cases rose again in the Devon County Council area and Plymouth, but declined slightly in Torbay.
In the week through Thursday, September 30, cases rose 20% in the Devon County Council area and 6% in Plymouth, but fell 7% in Torbay.
The council’s three areas are below the national average of 348. Devon’s cases per 100,000 population now stand at 311, while the numbers in Torquay and Plymouth are 338 and 256, respectively.
Of the county’s eight districts, North and Central Devon saw the largest increases of around 45%, putting North Devon’s infection rate now above the national average at 380 cases per 100,000 The Devon midpoint is still significantly below 247.
Torridge and Teignbridge also saw increases of around a third (35%), with the infection rate in Torridge now above the UK figure. East Devon mirrored the county with cases here up a fifth, while Exeter cases were up 24%.
Elsewhere, South Hams saw the only significant drop in Devon, of 27%, although West Devon saw a minor drop of four cases from the previous week.
Last week, the enhanced covid response area for Devon and Cornwall, set up after soaring infections during the summer tourist season, ended after public health officials failed to ask extension.
Despite the fluctuation in the number of cases in parts of the county, there appears to be a clear downward trend in the number of people being treated for covid in hospitals in Devon. The figure is down again from last week – by 24.
The latest figures from Tuesday, September 28, show 73 covid patients in county hospitals, including 28 in Derriford in Plymouth, 28 at RD&E, 10 in Torbay, 5 in North Devon and two at Trusted Mental Health Sites of the Devon partnership. Of the total number of patients, eight are on mechanical ventilation beds.
Fourteen other people died in the county within 28 days of testing positive for covid during the last full weekly period (through Wednesday, September 29). Nine were in the Devon County Council area, three in Plymouth and two in Torbay.
A total of 1,225 people in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) have died within 28 days of testing positive since the start of the pandemic.
The government has announced that vaccination percentages for the UK “will not be updated as we work on a solution to include 12-15 year olds”.
Figures from last week showed the number of people over the age of 16 who received at least one dose of a vaccine was 87% in Devon County Council, 86% in Torbay and 84% in Plymouth.
The proportion of people fully vaccinated with both vaccines was 82% in Devon, 79% in Torbay and 77% in Plymouth.