Covid-19 infections in Uckfield have dropped in the last week to levels last seen in early December.
The number of cases is also down in most communities around the town, although two nearby areas have recorded a slight increase in the last seven-day period.
The numbers in Wealden continue to drop.
Seven-day rolling rate of new cases in the Uckfield area
Uckfield Town and North: Four cases in the seven days to February 9 – the figure was nine a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 46.3 per 100,000 population – 104.1 per 100,000 population a week ago.
Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): Fewer than three in the seven days to February 9. When cases are below three no data is published by the government to protect individuals’ identities. – the figure was five a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate was 77.3 per 100,000 a week ago.
- The boundary between the two Uckfield areas is roughly the River Uck.
Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys, Hadlow Down and Waldron): Eight cases in the seven days to February 9 – the figure was 14 a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 95.2 per 100,000 people – 166.6 per 100,000 a week ago.
Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): Nine cases in the seven days to February 9 – the figure was seven a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 128.3 per 100,000 people – 99.8 per 100,000 a week ago.
Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): Ten cases in the seven days to February 9 – the figure was four a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 183.5 per 100,000 people – 74.4 per 100,000 people a week ago.
What’s the latest position in Wealden?
There have been 114 cases of the Coronavirus in Wealden in the last seven days – down 92 (44.7%) from when we reported a week ago.
In week-ending January 31, the average daily total of infections reported each day was just below 45.
For the week to February 7, the average daily figure was just below 30 and that figure has dropped to about 16 for the latest seven days.
There were two days in the last week when reported infections were in single figures, something not seen since early November when there was just one occasion as the second wave was building.
The total number of confirmed infections now stands at 7,633 since the pandemic began, although many cases in the first wave were not registered because of limited testing.
Rates of infection
The current rate of infection per 100,000 population in Wealden is 89.2 per 100,000 people which is below the England rate of 167.5 per 100,000 people.
Recent cases in Wealden are the highest in working age adults and slightly more in females than males.
New Covid cases in surrounding council areas in the last seven days:
- Brighton and Hove: 256 with a rate of 88.0 per 100,000 population
- Eastbourne borough: 119 with a rate of 114.7 per 100,000 population
- Hastings borough: 136 with a rate of 146.8 per 100,000 population
- Lewes district: 120 with a rate of 116.2 per 100,000 population
- Mid Sussex: 138 with a rate of 91.4 per 100,000 population
- Rother: 55 with a rate of 57.2 per 100,000 population
- Tunbridge Wells district: 99 with a rate of 83.4 per 100,000 population
The rate per 100,000 people is the key figure.
East Sussex Public Health Director Darrell Gale said on Thursday (February 11):
- The seven-day rate per 100,000 for East Sussex (141) is now lower than both the rate for England (202) and the South East (166).
- Eastbourne still has the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people (171) of the District and Borough areas but has seen the most significant reduction.
- We continue to see large numbers of excess deaths due to Covid-19 resulting from the peaks of infection seen during December and January.
Lateral flow testing programme
Mr Gale continued: “We are continuing to manage expectations and demand for both testing and vaccine supplies.
“A testing programme using Lateral Flow Devices for people without symptoms of Covid will be rolled out across the country.
“East Sussex County Council is working with our partners in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove to co-ordinate a programme across Sussex.
Asymptomatic testing for businesses
“There is adequate testing across the region for people with symptoms, and asymptomatic testing is already available to schools, the NHS, and care homes.
“In addition, national government is developing a scheme of asymptomatic testing for businesses with more than 50 employees.
“Our focus is on delivering asymptomatic testing quickly and effectively to priority groups critical to supporting communities, responding to the pandemic or who are at a higher risk of infection and transmission, who cannot work from home and who are unable to access asymptomatic testing through other routes.
- The community groupings for the Uckfield area are those used for national statistical purposes and are areas with around on average 7,200 population.
- Seven–day rates are expressed per 100,000 population and are calculated by dividing the seven day count by the area population and multiplying by 100,000. It is the typical way in which data is presented so that like can be compared with like.
- The seven-day rolling average smooths out the daily fluctuations to help identify overall trends.
- When looking at the data, the rate per 100,000 populations gives you the best comparisons.
- UckfieldNews.com maintains its own datasets relating to Covid-19 in Wealden and Uckfield. They are built using published sources, generally the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Government.
- Cases (infections) are of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result (either lab-reported or lateral flow device)
- Published ONS data for the five days before any publication is regarded as incomplete by the ONS and is subject to revision, as necessary. As a result, this means some of the stats in this report may not tally exactly with figures in last week’s report.
- We generally report Wealden case numbers on a Monday and deaths on a Wednesday
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