coronavirus; covid-19

Secondary school staff and pupils told to wear masks

Plymouth’s secondary school pupils and staff are being asked to wear face coverings in communal areas when they start the new term as part of efforts to lower COVID-19 case rates in the city.

The Director of Public Health Dr Ruth Harrell has written this week to all head teachers asking them to follow the new measures from the start of term as part of Plymouth’s response to being an Enhanced Response Area.

Public Health director issues plea to residents as cases peak

As COVID-19 cases in Plymouth reach their highest levels so far during the pandemic, the city’s Director of Public Health is urging residents to keep taking all necessary precautions to stop the virus spreading.

COVID-19 cases have been rising rapidly in Plymouth in recent weeks and there have been 1,113 new cases in the last seven days, which compares to 82 a month ago (13 June).

The rate per 100,000 today (13 July) is 423.5, compared to an England average of 333.7. The rate in Plymouth was 31.3 per 100,000 on 13 June.

You don’t have a ‘rubbish’ excuse this weekend!

Whilst additional bins, increased street cleansing and more portaloos will be in place this weekend, the Council is calling on all residents and visitors to Plymouth to ‘do their part’, follow the COVID-19 safety rules and take their litter home.

With good weather expected, people will be out enjoying the sunshine and public spaces, taking part in outdoor activities together during the long weekend. The Council is prepared for the influx, however is urging people to follow the rules, stick to the rule of six, socially distance and take their litter home.

COVID-19 vaccination – hear the facts at a Plymouth virtual Q and A

A panel of health and care experts from across Plymouth are set to chair an online question and answer session to help provide reassurance and the facts around the Coronavirus vaccine to local people. 

Hosted by Tony Gravett MBE from the local Healthwatch, the event will take place virtually between 6.30pm and 8pm on 13 April. Answering questions will be Dr Alex Degan, Medical Director for Primary Care for Devon, Sue Wilkins, Associate Chief Nurse and Director of Mass Vaccination and Ruth Harrell, the Director of Public Health at Plymouth City Council. 

Financial help for low-income people told to self-isolate

The Council is once again stepping in to help Plymouth residents who need financial support while self-isolating.

It is to extend its discretionary Test and Trace Support Scheme until the end of March and will run alongside the national scheme which is designed to support low income households who need to isolate.

Since the launch of both the main and the discretionary scheme a total of 554 households have received financial support while they self-isolate.