Uckfield and Wealden Covid-19 cases edge up

Wealden Covid-19 cases have risen in the last seven days.

Numbers in Uckfield and surrounding villages remain low, although some small increases have been recorded.

Figures for the seven days to Sunday, April 4, show  41 cases in Wealden.

Here are the figures for the last six weeks:

Week ending April 4: 41
Week ending March 28: 22
Week ending March 21: 25
Week ending March 14: 15
Week ending March 7: 24
Week ending February 28: 43

Lockdown easing

In this period, two stages of the easing of the Coronavirus lockdown have taken place – schools returning from Monday, March 8, and the ‘Rule of Six’ for outdoor meetings from March 29.

For comparison, in the seven days to January 10, there were 1,235 cases in Wealden.

The latest Wealden weekly figures take the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 7,883, although many infections went unrecorded before mass testing became available.

The current Wealden rate of infection is 24.8 per 100,000 population.

Seven-day rates per 100,000 people in neighbouring districts

  • Brighton: 24.4
  • Eastbourne: 36.6
  • Hastings: 3.2
  • Lewes: 18.4
  • Mid Sussex: 17.9
  • Rother: 9.4
  • Tunbridge Wells: 23.6

There were only six reported cases in Hastings in the seven days to April 4.

The England figure per 100,000 population is 47.3.

Uckfield area infections

The seven-day rolling rate of new cases at March 30 is between 0 and two in the following areas:

Uckfield Town and North
Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys, Hadlow Down and Waldron)
Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton)

When numbers are this level, exact figures are not given by the authorities to protect people’s identities.

The rolling rate in Uckfield South is three – 46.4 per 100,000 people.

The rolling rate in Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching) is also three – 55.0 per 100,000 people.

Over 50s almost clear

East Sussex Public Health gave an update on April 1 for the whole county and said:

“We see a continuing trend of new cases in those aged 0–19 and 30 – 49 with almost no new cases in those over 50 in the last 14 days.”

Although public health officials did not make the link, the over 50s are most likely to have received at least one vaccination.

Prepare to isolate

The Director of Public Health Darrell Gale added:

“We know that if a child has a cold it isn’t long before those in close proximity start to sniffle. 

“The Covid-19 variants can be even more infectious and it’s so important to be prepared to isolate if you or your family members start to show any symptoms to contain the spread of infection and keep rates low.”

Number of Covid-19 patients in hospital

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust NHS Trust (Royal Sussex County in Brighton and the Princess Royal at Haywards Heath)

  • Seven patients admitted in the last seven days – down seven (-50.0%) on the previous seven day period. There are no patients on ventilation. In all, there are 15 Covid patients – down from 22 from a week ago.

East Sussex Healthcare (DGH at Eastbourne and Conquest at Hastings)

  • Seven patients admitted in the last seven days – down two (-22.2%) on the previous seven day period. There are two people on ventilation. In all, there are nine Covid patients – down from 11 when we reported a week ago.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone)

  • One patient admitted in the last seven days – up one on the previous seven day period. One person is on ventilation. There is one Covid patient – down from three when we reported a week ago.

Hospital data is to March 28.

  • The R number for the South East Healthcare region is an estimated 0.7 to 1, as of April 2, the same as when we reported a week ago.

Notes:

  • 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. 
  • Our Monday content reflects national data to 4pm the previous day (Sunday). This week’s figures are to Sunday, although we are publishing on Tuesday because of the bank holiday, to ensure seven-day comparisons can be made.

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