November 28, 2020

Plymouth suffers its darkest day since the Covid-19 pandemic began – Plymouth Live

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Coronavirus is continuing to rise in Plymouth, culminating in the city’s darkest day to date.

Plymouth saw its first coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, March 22 – the day before a strict lockdown was placed upon the country.

Both were patients over 70 at Derriford Hospital.

At the time, it was said the lockdown would last a few weeks – but in the last eight months life in Plymouth has become drastically different.

Today Tuesday, November 17, saw the announcement of 10 deaths in Plymouth as part of the daily NHS England figures.

It is the first time deaths in the city have risen by double figures in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.

Derriford Hospital has now seen the loss of 109 patients in total to Coronavirus, each one leaving a hole in the hearts of their loved ones.

NHS workers and care staff have been working hard around the clock to provide care to those in the city who need it most and now University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is urging it is “important that everyone does their bit” after a rise in coronavirus admissions.

Derriford sent their heartfelt condolences to all the loved ones of the 109 people who have now lost their life to the virus at the hospital.

In total, 111 people have sadly died in hospitals in the city, with an additional two deaths previously recorded at Livewell Southwest Mount Gould Hospital.

Another patient at Derriford Hospital’s secret garden
(Image: Kate Tantam/Twitter)

Of the 10 deaths released in data today, three were recorded yesterday, November 16.

Five more were recorded on November 15 and one each on November 12 and 13.

The death added on November 12 is in addition to two others, which was reported in figures released on Saturday. The November 13 death is also in addition to one other death, which was reported in figures released on Sunday.

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A spokesperson for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust said: “In line with increasing rates in the community, we are continuing to see a rise in the number of people with COVID-19 being admitted to hospital.

“Whilst most people are discharged, our condolences go out to those families whose loved ones have died. We are currently very busy caring for patients with COVID and with other illnesses.

“It’s important that everyone does their bit to comply with Hands, Face, Space and the current lockdown measures. This will make a difference to how much or little the virus spreads.”

Plymouth’s Public Health director, Ruth Harrell, has also issued a plea to the people of Plymouth after the rise in number of cases.

She said: “Unfortunately as the number of COVID-19 cases in Plymouth increasing around our community, so too will the number of people who become very unwell.

“Coronavirus spreads very easily and we cannot afford to let our guard down. It is vital that we all do our bit to keep ourselves and others safe by staying at home as much as possible, washing our hands frequently, wearing face coverings and keeping our distance from others.

“This really will make a difference in combatting this virus.”

If you have lost a loved one to Covid-19 and would like to pay tribute, please get in touch via email at katie.timms@reachplc.com.

The rise of cases in Plymouth

On Saturday, November 14, Plymouth’s daily case rate tripled in 24 hours and saw 211 positive cases recorded, which was up 132 by from the previous day.

The following day, November 15, Plymouth City Council issued a warning to residents after daily cases fell to 81, urging that the “trend is still going in the wrong direction”.

PCC tweeted: “There have been a further 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Plymouth, bringing the total so far to 3,273. Today’s increase is smaller than yesterday’s but the trend is still going in the wrong direction.

“We must continue to work together to stop the virus spreading.”

Yesterday’s figures, which relates for positive tests on November 12, showed another 164 positive tests reported in one 24-hour period, bringing the city’s seven-day-total to 583.

The total number of cases since the pandemic began stands at 3,437.

The case rate per 100,000 population, a measure which indicates the number of cases per 100,000 people shows that while Plymouth has an above-average level of infections compared to the South West, it’s still lower than the England average. Plymouth’s case rate per 100,000 population currently stands at 222.4 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 188.7 for the South West and 269.5 for the England average.

The clusters across the city

The coronavirus cluster data, reported yesterday, from the Government and Public Health England showed a drop in cases in three of Plymouth’s largest outbreaks.

The data showed a drop in the number of cases in the Millbay and Stonehouse and City Centre, Barbican and Sutton Harbour clusters for the week of November 5 to November 11.

Deer Park and Leigham saw the largest drop in cases, with a reduction of thirteen cases bringing the area’s total to twenty.

All parts of Plymouth currently have more than three cases, meaning that they are classified as “clusters” according to the Government data.

All but three areas also have ten or more cases, with Plympton Underwood, Plympton St Maurice and Plymstock Goosewell and Staddiscombe all reporting under ten cases.

Plympton Underwood currently has nine cases, Plympton St Maurice reports eight cases and Plymstock Goosewell and Staddiscombe currently reports five cases.

Today’s update covers the week from November 5 to November 11, meaning positive tests reported on November 4 no longer appear in the statistics.

You can view the clusters across Plymouth here.

Derriford Hospital has helpful information about choosing well, complying with Hands Face and Space and getting the flu vaccination, here.

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