Covid cases in Cornwall rising and confirmed in three schools

The latest Government coronavirus data shows that cases in Cornwall continue to increase. While far from the numbers seen two months ago, the worrying spike in cases comes as schools reopen for all pupils.

In the latest seven-day period for which records are published – up to March 13 – there were 91 coronavirus cases in Cornwall, an increase of 21 on the previous week. The week ending March 11 had seen cases rise for the first time in 10 weeks – since the week ending January 7.

It came in the week when all pupils and students returned to schools and colleges, with those in secondary schools and colleges encouraged to take frequent rapid flow testing.

Three educational establishments across Cornwall have confirmed this week that individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Two coronavirus positive tests have been reported at Lanivet Primary School along with two suspected cases, while Bodmin College and Truro College have both confirmed one case each.

Confirming the coronavirus cases, Ingrid Bennett, headteacher at Lanivet School said:“ We have two confirmed and two suspected cases of coronavirus at Lanivet School. Two bubbles are self-isolating and we are expecting all our pupils back on Monday. We trust that our swift action has nipped this situation in the bud and we continue to monitor this situation closely.

“Lanivet School will continue to follow the advice given by our Public Health Team and hope that all our pupils will be able to enjoy their last two weeks of the spring term learning at school.

“The school is very grateful to the supportive community at this time.”

Bodmin College confirmed that an individual at their school had tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, while Truro College said that they reported a positive test on March 9.

The positive test from Bodmin College will be included in tomorrow’s update, while the Truro College case will have already come off the data having occurred previous to the last seven days. It’s not known when the individuals at Lanivet Primary School tested positive.

There were 58 of these cases are in areas where there are fewer than three cases, meaning that the Government doesn’t reveal the numbers in those areas. This means that there could be between 29 and 58 areas of Cornwall (out of a total of 73) with either one or two coronavirus cases.

Where there are more than two cases, the Government classifies it as a coronavirus cluster. Currently, Launceston has the largest outbreak with nine cases, while Camborne West has five cases, Redruth South report four cases in addition to Crowan Wendron and Stithians, Dobwalls, Addington and Menheniot, Helston, St Austell East and Carlyon Bay and St Just and Land’s End all have three cases each.

Coronavirus cases in Cornwall – week ending March 13.

Areas with three or more cases (clusters): Total of 33

Launceston – 9 cases

Camborne West – 5 cases

Redruth South – 4 cases

Crowan, Wendron & Stithians – 3 cases

Dobwalls, Addington & Menheniot – 3 cases

Helston – 3 cases

St Austell East & Carlyon Bay – 3 cases

St Just & Land’s End – 3 cases

Areas with fewer than three cases: Total of 58

Altarnun & Stoke Climsland

Bodmin East

Bodmin West

Bude & Stratton

Callington & Pensilva

Camborne East

Camborne South

Camelford & Tresmeer

Crackington & Tintagel

Falmouth East

Falmouth North

Falmouth West & South

Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert

Gunnislake & Calstock

Hayle

Illogan & Portreath

Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield

Lanreath, Pelynt & Polraun

Liskeard

Looe & Polperro

Lostwithiel & Penwithick

Marazion, St Erth & Gwinear Gwithian

Mevagissey & Polgooth

Mid Saltash

Mylor Bridge & Frogpool

Newquay East

Newquay West

Padstow & St Issey

Par

Penryn

Penzance North

Penzance Quay

Penzance South & Newlyn

Perranporth & Goonhavern

Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine

Pool & Illogan Highway

Porthleven, Breage & Praa Sands

Poundstock & Kilkhampton

Probus & Roseland

Redruth North

Roche & Goss Moor

Saltash Latchbrook & St Stephens

Saltash Town & Pillmere

Shortlanesend, Chacewater & Carnon Downs

St Agnes & Mount Hawke

St Austell Central

St Austell North & Carclaze

St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet

St Columb Major & St Mawgan

St Columb Minor & Porth

St Day & Lanner

St Germans & St Mellion

St Ives & Halsetown

St Neot & St Cleer

The Lizard

Torpoint

Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay

Trebetherick & Whitecross

Trewoon, Coombe & Foxhole

Truro East

Truro South & Central

Truro West

Tywardreath & Fowey

Wadebridge

West Penwith & St Buryan

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