Health and Wellbeing

Public health and NHS issue joint appeal after Devon Covid-19 cases reach record high

Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives video Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Posted on: 15 January 2021

Coronavirus cases are at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic, with 1,785 new cases last week (week ending January 8) and 31 deaths.

And now Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon and Dr Paul Johnson NHS Chair of the CCG, have issued a stark joint appeal; don’t let your guard down, follow the rules, stay home and only go out if you really need to.

Steve Brown said: “Rates are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic. Please follow the rules, stay at home and only go out if you really need to, for example if you are unable to work at home or are getting food.

“Remember every time you leave the house you risk coming into contact with someone with no symptoms. You could be touching a surface, a petrol pump or a shopping trolley which could be contaminated.

“This could be a crucial link in the chain of transmission which could end up with you or someone you love becoming seriously ill. or dying from coronavirus. If you do go out please follow the rules, maintain social distancing, wear face coverings indoors or in a public place and wash your hands regularly.”

Dr Johnson added that ‘vaccination was the way out’ of the pandemic and help was on its way and residents should follow the rules until it was their turn to be contacted for a vaccination.

Listen to the video by Dr Paul Johnson, Simon Chant and Steve Brown.

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