Covid cases in the South Hams rise to 12, three in schools

The number of coronavirus cases in the South Hams has risen to 12. 

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Roger Croad, Devon County Councillor released the later Covid-19 case numbers and confirmed that there were 12 laboratory confirmed cases in the South Hams between the 15th and 21st of September. Confirmed cases per 100,000 now sits at 13.8. Compared to 7.2 in Devon and 41.6 across England. 

there were 12 laboratory confirmed cases in the South Hams between the 15th and 21st of September

Two schools are among those with confirmed cases, with one at Ivybridge Community College and two at Ugborough Primary School. 

Councillor Roger Croad said: "Confirmed infection cases are on the rise in all four Authorities, with a marked increase in Plymouth and Cornwall - both approaching the Government 'watch list' of 20 cases per 100,000. 

"The Devon County Council figure includes a spate of positive cases at Exeter University over the weekend, although there is no evidence as yet of wider community transmission. 

"With autumn here, and less people affected to date in the Peninsula, it really does highlight the importance of social distancing, good hygiene and good local communication, in keeping a potential second surge in check."

it really does highlight the importance of social distancing, good hygiene and good local communication, in keeping a potential second surge in check

Mike Wade, Deputy Director of Health Protection at Public Health England South West, said: “PHE South West is working closely with the school to provide public health advice to stop the virus spreading.

“Everyone should be following social distancing advice to prevent the spread of the virus. Stay alert, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and colleagues by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

protect you, your family and colleagues by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue

“After we’ve spoken to the school initially we email out an information pack to support them. Which includes advice on infection prevention control and what to do if they need additional support.”

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