Another 244 Covid cases in East Devon with ‘clusters’ in 19 areas of district

 Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown has issued a new plea to residents and said: “There is cause for optimism, without doubt.

“The challenge to us all – my plea to you – is that we do not let our enthusiasm to return to normal actually set us further back.”

East Devon Reporter eastdevonnews.co.uk 

A further 244 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ remaining in all but one of the district’s wards.

Nineteen areas – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections.

The highest numbers are in Exmouth Brixington (23), Exmouth Littleham (19) and Ottery and West Hill (18).

In fact, Exmouth’s six wards are in the district’s top seven areas for current infections.

Axminster is the only part of East Devon where there is not a ‘cluster’.

The new cases recorded in East Devon in the last week represent an increase of 27 when compared to the previous seven-day period.

There were 220 new cases in Exeter – a week-on-week increase of 31.

A total of 1,301 Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in East Devon and 2,428 in Exeter.

As of yesterday afternoon (Friday, November 20), government statistics showed that 2,367 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed in seven days across Devon and Cornwall.

That is compared to compared to 2,068 cases in the previous week.

A total of 15,982 cases have now been confirmed in both counties since the beginning of the pandemic.

‘Clusters’ in 19 East Devon areas

Nineteen ‘clusters’ – where three or more Covid cases have been confirmed – have been identified in East Devon:

  • Exmouth Brixington (23 cases);
  • Exmouth Littleham (19);
  • Ottery St Mary and West Hill (18);
  • Exmouth Halsdon (17);
  • Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (17);
  • Exmouth Town (15);
  • Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon (14);
  • Clyst, Exton and Lympstone (14);
  • Feniton and Whimple (ten);
  • Honiton North and East (ten);
  • Seaton (nine);
  • Honiton South and West (eight);
  • Dunkeswell, Upottery and Stockland (eight);
  • Sidmouth Sidford (seven);
  • Newton Poppleford, Otterton and Woodbury (five);
  • Budleigh Salterton (five);
  • Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme (four);
  • Sidmouth Town (three);
  • Sidbury, Offwell and Beer (three).

The ‘clusters’ data, last updated this afternoon (Saturday, November 21), is based on a rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on November 16.

‘Clusters’ remain in all of Exeter’s 15 wards:

  • Pennsylvania and University (32 cases);
  • Wonford and St Loye’s (29);
  • St Leonard’s (21);
  • Middlemoor and Sowton (19);
  • St Thomas East (18);
  • Central Exeter (15);
  • Mincinglake and Beacon Heath (12);
  • Pinhoe and Whipton North (ten);
  • Heavitree West and Polsloe (ten);
  • Alphington and Marsh Barton (ten);
  • St Thomas West (ten);
  • Exwick and Foxhayes (ten);
  • Countess Wear and Topsham (nine);
  • St James Park and Hoopern (six);
  • Heavitree East and Whipton South (five).

New cases across Devon and specimen dates

Of the 2,367 new cases confirmed since November 13 up to yesterday afternoon (Friday, November 20), 244 were in East Devon and 220 in Exeter.

There were 79 cases in Mid Devon, 170 in North Devon, 597 in Plymouth, 89 in the South Hams, 108 in Teignbridge, 263 in Torbay, 66 in Torridge and 53 in West Devon.

Cornwall recorded 478 cases.

Of the 2,367 new cases, 1,539 had a specimen date between November 13 – 19, with 172 of these in East Devon and 153 in Exeter.

There were 61 in Mid Devon, 103 in North Devon, 349 in Plymouth, 51 in South Hams, 65 in Teignbridge, 182 in Torbay, 50 in Torridge and 33 in West Devon.

Cornwall had 320.

Despite more new cases being confirmed this week, they are in fact falling in East Devon when looked at purely by specimen date.

Total Covid cases

A total of 1,301 Covid-19 cases had yesterday afternoon (November 20) been confirmed in East Devon and 2,428 in Exeter.

Torridge has had 308 positive cases, West Devon 347, with 542 in the South Hams, 597 in Mid Devon, 709 in North Devon, 861, in Teignbridge, 1,773 in Torbay, 3,436 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and 3,680 in Plymouth.

The total for Devon and Cornwall has, however, only risen by 1,911 after 204 cases were this week reassigned to other local authorities.

Hospital admissions

The number of people in hospital in the South West has risen to 942 from 759.

There are currently 65 patients in mechanical ventilation beds, up from 58 as of last Friday.

NHS England figures show that, as of Tuesday morning (November 17), there were 265 patients across Devon and Cornwall in hospital after a positive Covid-19 test.

Of them, there are 106 in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (up from 69), 90 in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (76), 18 in North Devon District Hospital (down from 19), and 39 in Torbay Hospital (down from 43).

There are 19 patients in mechanical Ventilation beds, up from 18, with three at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, one in Torbay Hospital, eight in Derriford Hospital, and seven in North Devon District Hospital.

‘Cause for optimism’

Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown has issued a new plea to residents and said: “There is cause for optimism, without doubt.

“The challenge to us all – my plea to you – is that we do not let our enthusiasm to return to normal actually set us further back.”

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