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Exeter's COVID cluster rises

Friday, September 25th, 2020 7:35am

By Local Democracy Reporter, Daniel Clark

The map showing the cluster of cases in Pennsylvania and University

Cases in Pennsylvania and Exeter Uni increase

The cluster of coronavirus cases within the Pennsylvania and University area of Exeter has risen to 20.

The Government updates an online map which shows where the clusters are located, when they were reported and how many positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded.

And for the latest data, updated this afternoon (Wednesday 26th September), it shows that between September 14 and 20, a total of 20 coronavirus cases with the Pennsylvania and University MSOA area have been recorded. Exeter in total has recorded 26 cases in that period.

It follows a number of students studying at the University testing positive in recent days. It is understood the majority of students who tested positive did not display any symptoms and it is believed that the students had already contracted coronavirus prior to arriving at the University this week.

All positive cases and their households are now self-isolating and following public health advice.

The positive cases were identified by the University of Exeter’s rapid testing of students and staff in partnership with Halo, the UK’s first commercial provider of saliva-based PCR tests for Covid-19.

However, as a result of the private testing being carried out by the University, the Local Democracy Reporting Service understands that all tests for students and staff will be recorded under the postcode of the University of Exeter, irrespective of where the students and staff reside.

Therefore, while there is a cluster of 20 cases within the Pennsylvania and University MSOA area, not all of the cases may be relating to students who live within that MSOA and could be living elsewhere in Exeter, and as a result, the data for this MSOA may be skewed.

The rest of Devon who has one other cluster of cases – a cluster of three in Totnes Town in the South Hams – while there are currently are five clusters in Plymouth and ten in Cornwall.

A cluster is recorded when there are 3 or more cases that have occurred within the seven day period.

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