Uckfield Covid-19 infections may be on the wane

Covid-19 cases in Uckfield and the wider Wealden area may have passed the peak of the second wave.

Figures up to yesterday (November 29) show a declining number of infections in Wealden since midweek.

However, it is too early to say if this is definitely a trend.

Data for Uckfield and the surrounding communities, which lag the district data, by five days also show numbers coming down.

The England-wide lockdown ends on Tuesday and Wealden will be in Tier 2 from Wednesday (December 2) having entered the lockdown in Tier 1.

Wealden case numbers down

There were 188 lab-confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Wealden in the seven days to yesterday – down 38 on the previous week.

The decline has been most noticeable in the period Friday to Sunday but there has to be a note of caution because weekend figures sometimes do not include all the data.

The current rate per 100,000 population in Wealden is 140.6.

Working age people

When looking at the national picture, Wealden is 47th, on a list of 380 local councils (39th last week) – when No 1 is the council area with the fewest cases per 100,000 population since the pandemic began.

Covid-19 cases in Wealden are predominantly found in working age people, with the highest numbers in the last 14 days (to last Thursday) in  people aged 40 to 49, with women suffering more infections than men in that age range.

Here are the latest figures for Uckfield and surrounding communities

Data for these areas is for a seven-day period, although it is updated every day. It lags the daily case numbers given at district council level by five days.

UckfieldNews monitors the data on a daily basis but generally only reports case numbers on a Monday. 

Uckfield Town and North: 13 cases in the seven days to November 24 – the figure was 13 when we reported a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate remains at 150.4 per 100,000 population.

Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): Fewer than three cases – official data does not show the exact figure when cases numbers are either one or two to protect individuals’ identities. The figure was 16 in the seven days to November 17.

  • The boundary between the two Uckfield areas is roughly the River Uck.

Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron): 11 cases in the seven days to November 24 – the figure was 21 when we reported a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 130.9 per 100,000 people – 249.9 per 100,000 people when we last reported.

Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): Five cases in the seven days to November 24 – 13 cases in the seven days to November 17.

The seven-day rolling rate is 71.3 per 100,000 people) – 185.3 per 100,000 people last time we reported.

Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): four cases in the seven days to November 24 – the figure was six when we reported a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 73.4 per 100,000 people – 110.1 per 100,000 people when we last reported.

The current England rate is 175.8 cases per 100,000 people.

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.

New Covid cases in surrounding council areas:

  • Brighton and Hove: 170 – a rate of 63.3 per 100,000 population
  • Eastbourne borough: 77 – a rate of 97.4 per 100,000 population
  • Hastings borough: 69 – a rate of 88.5 per 100,000 population
  • Lewes district: 72 – a rate of 70.7 per 100,000 population
  • Mid Sussex: 140 – a rate of 103.3 per 100,000 population
  • Rother: 128 – a rate of 132.2 per 100,000 population
  • Tunbridge Wells district: 97 – a rate of 78.3 per 100,000 population

Hospital admissions: Across the hole of the South East healthcare region there have been 1,071 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the last seven days – up 67 on the previous week’s figure.

Volunteer needed to help find vaccine for Covid-19

A number of vaccines are being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is working with the NHS and aims to recruit as many people as possible onto the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK – including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

More information at this website [external link]

Notes:

The number of cases in Uckfield area communities is reported over a different period to the Wealden figures, as are some of the seven-day rolling averages. This is due to the timings of data releases.

This website maintains its own datasets to track Covid-19 in Uckfield, surrounding villages and Wealden more generally. Our statistics are generally taken from ONS data and other published Government sources..

We normally report cases each Monday, based on data up to 4pm the previous day, to allow seven-day comparisons to be made.

We generally update the number of deaths in Wealden on a Wednesday.

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