Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic hit the shores of the UK in February 2020.

The first case was confirmed on the Isle of Wight on 7th March, with the second confirmed case a week later on the 14th.

The true number of people with the virus is expected to be much higher, but community-wide testing has not been carried out due to residents self-isolating.

Below are some articles relating to the Coronavirus (Covis-19/C19) outbreak.

Hard work of Isle of Wight care homes means no new Covid-19 cases since 24th May

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At one stage of the pandemic, Coronavirus was present in more a third of care homes on the Island, but the spread has now been brought under control

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 1:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight playgrounds to reopen: Here’s how to stay safe if you visit them

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For the first time since the start of lockdown in March, Isle of Wight playgrounds will soon reopen. The council share this guidance on how to stay safe when visiting them

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 2:58pm

By IW Council Press Office

No Covid-19 deaths in the Isle of Wight community during most of June

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No new deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on a death certificate in care homes, at the hospice or at home were registered between 5th-29th June

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 10:26am

By Sally Perry

Free Isle of Wight parking only available to certain keyworkers

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Cllr Ian Ward says "as lockdown measures are relaxed, it is no longer possible to continue providing free parking for all"

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 10:00am

By IW Council Press Office

‘We need to act and to do some simple things most of the time and most of us need to do this’, say health leaders

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Health leaders say, "We don't need to be perfect, we don't need to to do everything all the time. We do need to act and to do some simple things most of the time and most of us need to do this"

Monday, 6th July, 2020 10:39am

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Stay safe on the Isle of Wight if you visit pubs and bars, say Council and Police

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Isle of Wight Director of Public Health reminds Islanders the virus is still with us and we need to do we can to help to protect each other

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 11:51am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

New £5,000 small business grants to adapt businesses following Coronavirus pandemic

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The Government will be handing out grants of up to £5,000 to small businesses in tourist destinations to help them adapt following the Coronavirus crisis

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 10:30am

By Jack Mason with 5 readers' comments

The number of Isle of Wight Covid-19 Cases have just gone up considerably. Here’s why

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The Isle of Wight numbers were expected to rise when data for home test kits and drive through testing was included, but some may be surprised by how much they have gone up

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 11:48pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

New Covid-19 testing data comes to light, explaining previous small rise in confirmed cases during App rollout

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If you were wondering why the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases did not increase much during the roll out of the Contact Tracing App - despite 1,765 people being notified via it - this is why.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 2:37pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

Why are Isle of Wight council and Public Health also avoiding answering a simple question on number of Covid-19 cases?

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Four weeks ago(!) News OnTheWight asked if the 178 people in IW care homes who had contracted Covid-19 was on top of Public Health England numbers. Still no answer. The answer is important - It’ll have a big impact on understanding infection rates. Here’s the saga so far

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 12:24pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

How the Covid-19 shielding guidance from the Government is changing next week

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If you have been shielding or know someone else who has, the guidance from Government is due to change from next week. News OnTheWight have the detail within

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

What is Pillar 2 Covid-19 testing and why do I need to know about it?

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The Financial Times report that a lack of Pillar 2 testing data is hampering the efforts of local authority leaders to manage new Covid-19 outbreaks. News OnTheWight asked the IW council about it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments