Covid-19 infections in Uckfield, surrounding villages and across Wealden are generally plunging but cases remain at a high level.
The downward trend, which we noted a week ago, has accelerated in the last seven days and the peak of this wave of the pandemic appears to be over.
Cases of the Coronavirus in Wealden in the last seven days have halved when compared with the previous seven days.
In the week to yesterday (January 31) there were 313 cases – 635 when we reported last week and 934 in the previous seven-day period.
The total number of infections now stands at 7,313 since the pandemic began, although many cases in the first wave were not registered because of limited testing.
The current rate of infection per 100,000 population in Wealden is 265.7 per 100,000 people which is below the England rate of 309.5 per 100,000 people.
This is the first time for some weeks that the rate of infection in Wealden has been below the England rate, although it is higher than some surrounding local authority areas (see below). Eastbourne has the highest rate of infection of authorities close to Wealden.
New Covid cases in surrounding council areas in the last seven days:
- Brighton and Hove: 667 with a rate of 229.3 per 100,000 population
- Eastbourne borough: 456 with a rate of 439.5 per 100,000 population
- Hastings borough: 300 with a rate of 323.8 per 100,000 population
- Lewes district: 320 with a rate of 309.9 per 100,000 population
- Mid Sussex: 291 with a rate of 192.7 per 100,000 population
- Rother: 221 with a rate of 230.0 per 100,000 population
- Tunbridge Wells district: 253 with a rate of 213.1 per 100,000 population
The rate per 100,000 people is the key figure.
The above data is up to yesterday (January 31) afternoon. The breakdown of the seven-day rolling rate for the Uckfield district (below) is up to January 26. The village groupings have similar size populations.
Uckfield Town and North: 23 cases in the seven days to January 26 – the figure was 36 a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 266.1 per 100,000 population – 416.6 per 100,000 population a week ago.
Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): 16 cases in the seven days to January 26 – the figure was 17 a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 247.4 per 100,000 people – 262.9 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): 14 cases in the seven days to January 26 – the figure was 39 a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 166.6 per 100,000 people – 475.9 per 100,000 people a week ago.
Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): 12 cases in the seven days to January 26 – the figure was 25 a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 171.0 per 100,000 people – 356.3 per 100,000 a week ago.
Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): 11 cases in the seven days to January 19 – the figure was nine a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 201.8 per 100,000 people – 165.1 per 100,000 people a week ago.
This is the only area covered by the website which has shown an increase.
East Sussex Public Health said recent cases are the highest in the county in younger (20–29) and older (50–59) adults.
Director of Public Health, Darrell Gale, said on Thursday (January 28)
- The rates in East Sussex continue to decrease and we appear to be past the peak.
- However, rates are still high and the rate for East Sussex remains above that for the South East and for England.
- Eastbourne remains, by far, the area with the highest rate at 631 per 100,000. Eastbourne has seen a significant but slower reduction than in other areas.
- The declaration of a major incident remains across Sussex.
- Hospitals are continuing to experience substantial pressures due to demand on beds.
- We must all guard against complacency – if we each individually make it known that we are sticking by the rules, we are encouraging others to stick by the rules.
Mr Gale commented: “The rollout of vaccines is a welcome progress but I want to make sure that everyone remains aware that the usual rules must stay in place.
“Once you have had the vaccine, there is still a chance you might get or spread coronavirus.
“It is vital that you keep following the restrictions and rules about social distancing and face coverings for the time being, even if you have had the vaccine.”
What is the situation with hospitals where Uckfield area patients tend to go?
Covid-19 hospital data is to January 24
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust NHS Trust (Royal Sussex County in Brighton and the Princess Royal at Haywards Heath)
118 patients admitted in the last seven days – down 43 (-26.7%) on the previous seven day period. There are 50 people on ventilation (44 when we last reported). In all, there are 224 Covid patients – 253 when we reported last Monday.
East Sussex Healthcare (DGH at Eastbourne and Conquest at Hastings)
202 patients admitted in the last seven days – down 27 (-11.8%) on the previous seven day period. There are 22 people on ventilation (24 when we last reported). In all, there are 365 Covid patients – 395 when we reported last Monday.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone)
125 patients admitted in the last seven days – down 54 (-30.2% on the previous seven day period). There are 23 people on ventilation (21 when we last reported). In all, there are 200 Covid patients – 251 when we reported last Monday.
- The R rate for the South East healthcare region continues to decline and is estimated at 0.7 to 0.9 (as of January 29) – 0.7 to 1.0 when we reported a week ago.
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- 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