By Graham Smith
The number of Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall’s hospitals has now reached 50, after a further three were recorded at Helston and another one at the Royal Cornwall, Truro.
Helston community hospital, which has been turned into a palliative care unit, has now seen a total of eight deaths and the RCHT 42.
Public Health Cornwall again defended its policy of not monitoring deaths in care homes, beyond an eventual analysis of data supplied by the Office for National Statistics.
PHC director Rachel Wigglesworth told reporters today (Thursday) it was “not appropriate” to pursue care homes for data on a daily basis but promised that the sharp increase in the latest ONS number for “all deaths” would eventually be examined as part of the overall surveillance monitoring.
Cornwall Reports understands that at least 20 people have died of Covid-19 in care homes. Providers are now required to let the Care Care Quality Commission know if a resident has died of Covid-19 but there is not yet any requirement to put this information into the public domain.