Primary school head tests positive for COVID

An Exeter headteacher is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

Sharon Tarr, headteacher at Alphington Primary School, developed symptoms during half-term.

The school has confirmed it has had no impact on any children or families within its school community.

In a letter sent to parents during the half-term holiday, Mrs Tarr said: “Normally, I would be at the school gate looking forward to welcoming you all back on Monday morning.

Headteacher Sharon Tarr
Headteacher Sharon Tarr

“However, midweek I developed some Covid-19 symptoms, and today tested positive for the illness and so I will be following the DfE and NHS guidance and isolating for the time being.

“Miss Nairn and Mrs Mewse will be running the school in my absence supported by our CEO, Mrs Shaw.

“I am looking forward to being back at school as soon as possible and would like to thank you for your ongoing support.”

Latest coronavirus deaths figures released today have revealed highest number of deaths relating to Covid-19 have been registered in the across Devon and Cornwall for five months.

The figures from Office for National Statistics (ONS), relating to the week of October 17 and October 23 but registered up to October 31, show that 14 of the 313 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

The previous week saw six of 335 deaths mention Covid-19.

All of the 14 deaths were recorded in Devon, with eight of them in Torbay, with no backdated deaths added to the dataset this week.

Of Torbay’s eight deaths, five occurred in hospital, with three occurring in care homes, with one person from North Devon, Teignbridge, Torridge and the South Hams also dying in hospital. A death in a care home in Plymouth and in Mid Devon was also recorded in the figures.

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It is the first time in 19 weeks that across Devon and Cornwall combined that the number of deaths has not been in single figures, and the 14 deaths is the highest since the week ending May 22.

In total, 610 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 320 in hospitals, 242 in care homes, 46 at home, one in a hospice, and one in a communal establishment.

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