Health and Wellbeing

Positive cases have declined, but that decline is slowing, warns council

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon (Designate)

Posted on: 11 December 2020

Positive cases of coronavirus have declined over recent weeks in most age groups, but the latest data shows that the decline has started to slow down and the numbers are stabilising, according to Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon (Designate).

The decline followed the national restrictions of a few weeks ago, and that reduction continued a little as we’ve adopted Tier 2 restrictions.  But it’s now not falling as quickly as it was.

“We are still concerned about the number of cases in the over 80s age group, who are most vulnerable and most likely to need hospitalisation,” said Mr Brown.

Meanwhile, testing capacity in the county remains really high.  Over 15,000 to 16,000 thousand people are being tested every week in Devon, and the positivity rates – the number of those that test positive – are coming down.

The university has worked really hard over the last week or so testing students who have no symptoms as part of their programme to support their return home for Christmas.  More than six thousand students have been tested in the last week or so.

“Please continue to follow the Tier 2 guidance,” says Steve Brown.  “Do not do not meet up indoors with anyone not in your household or bubble; please remember at all times to maintain your social distance and wear face coverings when you’re indoors in a public space; and please wash your hands regularly.”

Listen to the short video of Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon (Designate) and Dr Paul Johnson, local GP and CCG clinical chair, or click on the link below.

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