Uckfield – the Wealden Covid-19 hotspot

Wealden now has the “highest weekly rate” of Covid-19 cases in East Sussex and the Uckfield area is a hotspot.

A week ago, this website, which keeps its own datasets, reported there had been 672 cases to October 11 since the pandemic began.

Since then, there have been a further 104 cases in Wealden, taking the total to 776.

Case figures for Uckfield and surrounding villages are also on the increase and show Uckfield North is the area with the most cases in the district.

For context, here are the recent weekly rises of cases in Wealden as reported each Monday by this website.

  • Seven days to October 19: 104
  • Seven days to October 12: 84
  • Seven days to October 5: 37
  • Seven days to September 28: 9
  • Seven days to September 21: 11
  • Seven days to September 14: 22
  • Seven days to September 7: 13
  • Seven days to August 31: 9

The data is to 4pm the previous day.

East Sussex Public Health statement

East Sussex County Council Public Health said on Thursday (October 15): “Since the start of September there has been an increase following the national trend which briefly declined but has again increased from the end of September. 

“The most recent week has seen a greater increase and Wealden now has the highest weekly rate in the county.”

On a list of 380 local councils, Wealden is 53rd (52nd last week) when it comes to the rate per 100,000 of population since the pandemic began.

Coronavirus cases in the Uckfield area

At the same time, cases in the Uckfield area have increased. The following data is for the seven days to October 13. The boundary between Uckfield Town and North and the area known as Uckfield South is roughly the River Uck.

  • Uckfield Town and North: 16 cases – 8 cases when we reported last week. The seven day-day-rolling rate per 100,000 people is 185.1. This rolling rate is the highest in Wealden.
  • Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): 6 cases – between 0 and 2 cases when we reported last week. The seven day-day-rolling rate per 100,000 people is now 92.8.
  • Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron): five cases – five cases when we reported last week. The seven day-day-rolling rate per 100,000 people is 59.5.
  • Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): eight cases – three cases when we reported last week. The seven day-day-rolling rate per 100,000 people is 114.0.
  • Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): five cases – nine cases when we reported last week. The seven day-day-rolling rate per 100,000 people is 91.7.

The community groupings above are those used for national statistical purposes and are areas with around on average 7,200 population.

Only the exact number of cases is given in official releases when the number of cases is three or more in a particular area.

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.

Covid-19 lab confirmed cases in district areas around Uckfield

It is worth noting that the numbers of lab-confirmed cases almost certainly does not reflect the true number of people who have contracted Covid-19. At the beginning of the pandemic many people were not tested, some people are asymptomatic, others may not get a test even though they have symptoms and there have been difficulties in accessing tests.

Another source of data, suggests the number of people with Covid-19 in Wealden is 400 ‘active cases’. This figure is based on daily reports made by people via an app to the Covid Symptom Study run by King’s College, London.

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 and for Uckfield and surrounding villages on a monthly basis, when national data is released. There has been no update since the end of August.

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