coronavirus

Rapid test centre opens in Tiverton this Saturday

Devon's third community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, opens in Tiverton on Saturday and is now taking bookings.

It's in the car park of Tiverton's Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Bolham Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon, and will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week with extended hours 7am to 7pm Mondays and Thursdays.

It...

New council officers will help post-lockdown reopening of East Devon high streets

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has employed new officers to help High Street businesses reopen safely and follow Covid-19 guidelines.

Whilst Covid has closed down our thriving centres, we are now on a journey of transition, dedicated to reopening shops, restaurants and community venues in a safe and sustainable way.

EDDC’s new ‘Covid Compliance Officers’, Andy Squires...

Cautious welcome to PM's roadmap

The Prime Minister's announcement to the House of Commons this afternoon has been met with a cautious welcome by Devon's Director of Public Health, and Devon County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for schools.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of steps, a roadmap, to Ministers today (Monday 22 February), in which he sets out the principles of transition...

Coronavirus vaccination programme in Devon expands to next groups

Tens of thousands more people across Devon are being contacted from this week, inviting them to make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination, as the programme enters a new phase.

People aged 65 and over and those who are clinically vulnerable (JCVI priority groups 5 and 6), together with an expanded group of clinically extremely vulnerable people, are now in line to...

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

A new hardship fund is being set up for local people struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic.

Devon County Council is allocating £600,000 in its budget for 2021/22 to support people who need short-term emergency assistance.

This is on top of the £1 million that was made available in the current financial year.

The new cash will be split across...

Freemasons, Devon

Devon Freemasons inject volunteers to support the NHS

As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed.

At Torbay RICC Leisure Centre where 10 local GP practices have gathered together to centralise the administering of the...

A nurse's reality of being clinically extremely vulnerable

A nurse has shared her experience to warn of the risk of passing on coronavirus to somebody who is shielding because they are clinically extremely vulnerable.

“I’ve never smoked a single cigarette, but in essence the treatment that I am now on is very similar to someone with COPD”, said Lisa Cripps.

Ten years ago Lisa was a phenomenally fit 40-year-old who spent two-and-a-...

An image showing a person receiving a vaccination jab in the arm

‘Not-for-profit’ GP federation helps deliver vaccination rollout at Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth Science Park -based Sentinel Healthcare has been supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at Plymouth Pavilions, the city’s largest vaccination centre.

Over 10,000 Plymouth residents have already received their first vaccine dose at the site, with more to come. This includes care home residents and the housebound.

Sentinel is a not-for-profit GP federation that...

NHS sets out how to access the coronavirus vaccination in Devon

The NHS in Devon is giving details on the different ways local people can access the life-saving coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination in the county, as thousands of people are vaccinated every day.

Like other areas, the vaccination programme in Devon is focussed on vaccinating people in priority groups 1-4 , as determined nationally by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

Positive case numbers have fallen, but we must continue to comply with rules

Devon has seen a fall in the number of positive cases, across all age groups, Public Health Devon has confirmed.

"The current restrictions are helping to bring down the number of positive cases in Devon," says Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon.

"Devon residents are doing really well in adhering to the current lockdown restrictions, and we're seeing evidence that...

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