Coronavirus deaths in Island care homes continue to rise

The number of people dying in care homes from coronavirus on the Isle of Wight has continued to rise.

According to data released today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, 39 people have died of Covid-19 in Isle of Wight care homes — a rise of four – in the period to 5 June.

An equal number of deaths have been recorded at St Marys Hospital, in Newport and in Island care homes, due to Covid-19, since the pandemic began.

Coronavirus deaths in the community – including in the hospice, at home, and in care homes – stand at 43 people.

That figure brings the Island’s total number of deaths from coronavirus to 82.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Island, as of yesterday (Monday, June 15) was 202. Only three new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on the Isle of Wight since the start of June, when the number stood at 199.

Latest figures from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust show 47 people have recovered from the virus.

The Island is still asked to remain vigilant with social distancing measures introduced on high streets in Cowes, Newport and Ryde, and facial coverings needed to be worn on public transport and at the hospital, unless you have a reason to be exempt.