83% of East Devon care homes have avoided coronavirus outbreaks, Public Health England data shows

Some 83 per cent of care homes in East Devon have avoided coronavirus outbreaks to date, according to Public Health England (PHE) data.

And the latest figures show just over 77 per cent of Exeter facilities have stayed clear of the virus.

The figures are based on confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases.

New statistics, covering up to and including the week starting June 1, show 12 out of the 74 care homes in East Devon -16.2 per cent – have reported outbreaks.

Eight of Exeter’s 35 care homes, 22.9 per cent, have had cases – with none reported in three weeks.

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 110 of the 516 care homes in Devon – 21.3 per cent – have reported confirmed of suspected coronavirus outbreaks.

This is compared to 50 out of 227 – 22 per cent – in Cornwall.

The highest percentage has been in West Devon (eight outbreaks), 32 per cent of care homes, with the lowest in Mid Devon (five outbreaks) at 15.2 per cent.

There have been confirmed or suspected coronavirus outbreaks in 28 care homes in Plymouth (29.5 per cent), 18 in Torbay (21.2 per cent), 14 in Teignbridge (19.2 per cent), five in the South Hams (16.7 per cent), and five in Torridge (15.6 per cent).

The latest Office for National Statistics figures released on Tuesday (June 9) show a total of 44 Covid-19-related deaths have now been recorded in East Devon.

Fifteen of them have been in hospital, 27 in care homes, and two at home.

In Exeter, the total is 38. These include 15 in hospital, 21 in care homes, and two at home.

The total number of people who have died across Devon due to the virus now stands at 341.

Updated interactive map shows where coronavirus deaths have been recorded in East Devon and Exeter

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