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Covid-19 (coronavirus) news in East Devon and Exeter

A new £2million fund designed to help local businesses prosper has been launched by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority says the Innovation and Resilience Fund (IRF) – aimed at supporting economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – is unlike any grant scheme it has run before. Firms and entrepreneurs can apply for up to £50,000 each, or £150,000 for a collaborative bid. The fund is designed to support ‘innovative’ projects that: Support business diversification and the development of new and innovative products; Enable carbon reductions and biodiversity enhancements; Enable and safeguard high value jobs; Offer inclusive opportunities to…

Devon health chiefs are advising double-jabbed people to be cautious and still get tested for Covid-19 despite a change in the regulations last week. Since Monday, August 16, people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus no longer have to self-isolate, provided they received their second vaccination more than a fortnight ago. The rule also applies to everyone under 18 and those who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown said the move will ‘inevitably’ lead to a ‘slight…

Recorded new Covid-19 cases in East Devon have risen by seven per cent in a week, but have dropped in Exeter by 18 per cent.  Some 512 cases were logged in the district, with 626 in the city, in the seven days up to August 15. This is a rise of 34 in East Devon, where the infection rate is 345.8 per 100,000 people, when compared to the previous week. But there was a decrease of 139 in Exeter where the infection rate is 469.5 – the second highest in Devon. Both areas are still well above the national average rate…

Eligible people in Devon could be ‘double jabbed’ with Covid booster and flu jabs simultaneously from next month, under plans being drawn up by health chiefs. Steve Brown, the county’s director of public health, said that while the logistics of the proposals were still being worked on, ‘ideally it would make sense to have them together’, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. “The hope and aspiration is we make it as convenient as possible for individuals. How and where we do that is something which will come out in the fullness of time,” said Mr Brown. He added that the…

East Devon MP Simon Jupp has backed the Government’s plans to go ahead with the full easing of coronavirus restrictions from July 19 – despite rising numbers of cases in the district. In the seven days to July 7, cases in East Devon rose by 64 per cent, climbing from 108 to 277. There are now more than 189 cases per 100,000 of the population, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.  Mr Jupp said: “Cases here are still lower than the average for the UK. I don’t see any reason not to open up, as long as people follow personal and social…

No Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon and Exeter in the latest weekly figures. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data published on Tuesday, June 22, shows the seven-day toll across all of Devon was zero – with just one in Cornwall. The figures relate to deaths which occurred in the week of June 5 – 11 and were registered up to June 19. No coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon for five weeks. A total of 88 fatalities because of the virus, and 56 in Exeter, have been logged so far this year. In total, 212 Covid-19…

The venue of a large-scale Covid vaccination site serving East Devon and Exeter is to switch from Westpoint to Greendale Business Park from May 7. Residents with appointments for first and second doses will need to go to the new site on and after the date. Westpoint is returning to its commercial events calendar following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Clear signage will be in place to guide patients to Greendale; just over two miles from the existing hub. Operations manager for the NHS Covid vaccination site in Exeter Leigh Mansfield said: “All appointments for first or second doses which…

Mobile community Covid testing has been made available in East Devon and Exeter from this week as part of a Devon-wide drive to stop the spread of the virus. Every adult in Devon can now take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week – through testing centres, workplaces, pharmacies, or home delivery. Launched this week, mobile community testing has been made available by Devon County Council (DCC) in East Devon at Axminster, Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton, and also in Exeter. The service will stop in each town, at a specific location, twice a week on pre-arranged days.…

Devon and Cornwall Police has urged residents to ‘step up’ as Covid-19 lockdown rules are eased. The force will stick to its ‘4Es’ approach – engagement, education, encouragement and enforcement as a final resort – as the UK enters the next stage of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of restrictions. From Monday, March 29, outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, can take place between two households or groups of up to six people from different households. Covid-19 has never been about policing a pandemic…There should still be no mixing indoors with people outside of your household or support bubble. Outdoor sports…

Police investigating a Covid-19 outbreak at a care home in Sidmouth say five people are now confirmed to have died. Devon and Cornwall Police said the deaths are all thought to be related to the large-scale outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road, Sidford. A further ten residents with coronavirus are being treated at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. And one member of staff from the care home is currently in hospital with Covid-19. Police, continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, say there have been five deaths since Sunday March 6, and…

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