Covid-19 outbreaks reported in 10% of East Devon care homes – and a fifth of Exeter facilities

Confirmed or suspected coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in eight out of 74 care homes in East Devon, according to Public Health England (PHE) data.

Figures show the number for Exeter is seven out of 35 facilities.

The latest statistics cover up to and including the week starting May 4.

They show just over 10 per cent of East Devon care homes and 20 per cent of those in Exeter have been affected by the virus.

Care homes can only be included in the data set once. If they have reported more than one outbreak, only the first is included in the figures.

The PHE statistic include no indication of whether the reported outbreaks are still active and no information is provided on deaths.

A total of 94 of the 516 care homes in Devon – 18.2 per cent – have reported confirmed of suspected coronavirus outbreaks.

This is compared to 46 out of 227 – 20.3 per cent – in Cornwall.

The highest percentage has been in West Devon (seven outbreaks) – 28 per cent of care homes – with the lowest in Torridge (three outbreaks), 9.1 per cent.

There have been confirmed or suspected coronavirus outbreaks in 25 care homes in Plymouth, 14 in Torbay, 14 in Teignbridge, six in North Devon, five in the South Hams and five in Mid Devon.

The latest Office for National Statistics figures released yesterday (Tuesday, May 19) show a total of 38 Covid-19-related deaths have now been recorded in East Devon.

Twelve of them have been in hospital, 25 in care homes, and one at home.

In Exeter, the total is 37. These include 15 in hospital, 20 in care homes, and two at home.

The total number of deaths across both East Devon and Exeter is now 75.

ONS data relates to deaths that occurred up to May 8, but were registered up to May 16.

Five more coronavirus-related deaths recorded in East Devon – but none in Exeter

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