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COVID-19 statistics

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The University compiles data provided by Public Health England and HALO to produce statistics on the number of confirmed positive cases for students and staff. The latest data is shown below.

7 Day Rolling Daily Average (to 27th Oct):



Please note that these figures are refreshed every weekday morning and will include the latest available data at that time. The dates shown are the date on which a test was taken that was later confirmed as positive; for this reason, historic figures may be subject to change. The data from Public Health England for the University of Exeter may not always precisely correlate with the Devon County Council or Cornwall Council published data due to potential time delays or student cases initially being attributed to another residence rather than their term-time address

For reference the University of Exeter has around 6,000 members of staff and approximately 25,000 students.

Further information

Devon County Council (DCC) provide a comprehensive dashboard of Covid-19 information for Devon and Cornwall. This shows the authoritative data from Public Health England (PHE). The dashboard provides daily information on the number of positive cases and rolling 7-day totals. 

The latest data is up to 27th October 2020 and shows that there have been 552 cases and 0 deaths in the last week for Devon and 264 cases and 1 death in the last week for Cornwall. Note that these figures do not include Plymouth or Torbay.

The DCC website provides data for Exeter which has recorded 139 of the cases in Devon over the last week. By working with our Public Health England (PHE) colleagues we know that around 40% of those cases are attributable to the University. There remain very few cases linked to our Cornwall campus. We have had one new positive case amongst University staff, relating to a colleague who has not been to campus for several months.

We share all data from our Rapid Response Hub tests with PHE on a daily basis.

Our approach

The health and welfare of our students, staff and wider community will always be our number one priority, and our Rapid Response Hub is co-ordinating testing and working with Public Health England, Devon County Council, Cornwall Council and the national track and trace programme to share details of any positive cases, to identify those who need to self-isolate and contact those who need to obtain tests. We are working with local health teams on any actions required and continue to communicate directly with our staff and students on the necessity to follow COVID-19 rules.