Coronavirus deaths and Covid-19 community transmission are both diminished in this area, according to information drawn from datasets built by this website.
In the last six weeks, Covid-19 has claimed ten lives in Wealden and only one in each of the last two weeks.
Both those deaths were in hospital.
At the same time, as we showed in our report on Monday (August 10) there is only a slow rise in lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the district, going up from 439 on July 6 to 476 on Monday. More details in this report
Updated specific data on the number of Coronavirus deaths in Uckfield and surrounding communities is made known publicly by the authorities on a less frequent basis.
The latest data (up to the end of June) can be seen in the story at this link.
The situation in Wealden is similar to East Sussex as a whole.
Overall, the county and Wealden have seen a big reduction in cases from April and early May.
Public health advice
However, the key message from the authorities is that Covid-19 has NOT gone away.
East Sussex Director of Public Health, Darrell Gale, said:
“Whilst overall we have had lower rates compared with the national average, we continue to see new cases in East Sussex.
‘As lockdown measures ease it is vitally important that we all:
- Maintain social distancing.
- Are vigilant of signs and symptoms (high temperature, new persistent cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste), and to self-isolate and order a test if they appear.
- Wash hands regularly.”
• The Blackboys Inn at Blackboys has closed so that staff can self-isolate, and the pub can be deep-cleaned, after one tested positive for Covid-19.
The pub said, on Facebook, that the member of staff who tested positive only came in for a team meeting last Wednesday morning. Public Health England recommended that a few staff members isolate as a precaution as they were classed as being in close proximity due to the length of the meeting even though social distancing was adhered to.
“We haven’t been asked to contact any customers as there won’t have been any contact with customers and the member of staff as they are still furloughed.”
The Facebook post said: “We thank you for your continued loyalty, cooperation and patience at this difficult time, and urge everyone to remain cautious, stay safe and follow our social channels for further updates on our reopening.”