Wealden Covid-19 infections now exceed 5,000

Covid-19 infections in Uckfield, surrounding villages and across the whole of Wealden have continued to gallop ahead.

A week ago we reported that the total number of known cases in Wealden passed the 4,000 mark in the figures reported on January 3.

The total yesterday (January 10) had reached 5,431 having passed 5,000 the day before.

It was only on Friday, December 11, that the total of confirmed cases in Wealden went by the 2,000 mark – the 1,000 total was only breached at the beginning of November.

In the last seven days, there have been 1,235 positive tests – up 297 on the previous seven days.  

Daily Wealden infection figures:

  • January 4: 192
  • January 5: 189
  • January 6: 158
  • January 7: 152
  • January 8: 175
  • January 9: 204
  • January 10: 165.

It should be noted that the first wave last spring did not document all cases because testing was limited and any daily figures should also be treated with some caution because of potential lags in reporting. That is why looking at the figures over a period of seven days is important because this shows a trend. 

And, as we said a week ago, there is no mistaking the trend.

The current rate of infection per 100,000 population in Wealden is 763.3 per 100,000 people which is above the England rate of 650.9 per 100,000 people.

New Covid cases in surrounding council areas in the last seven days:

  • Brighton and Hove: 2,555 with a rate of 784.5 per 100,000 population
  • Eastbourne borough: 1,113 with a rate of 1006.3 per 100,000 population
  • Hastings borough: 843 with a rate of 835.3 per 100,000 population
  • Lewes district: 815 with a rate of 765.0 per 100,000 population
  • Mid Sussex: 916 with a rate of 631.0 per 100,000 population
  • Rother: 658 with a rate of 644.3 per 100,000 population
  • Tunbridge Wells district: 660 with a rate of 520.5 per 100,000 population

The above data is up to yesterday (January 3) afternoon. The breakdown of the seven-day rolling rate for the Uckfield district (below) is up to January 5. The village groupings have similar size populations.

Uckfield area infection rates

Uckfield Town and North:  44 cases in the seven days to January 5 – the figure was 21 a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 509.1 per 100,000 population –  243.0 per 100,000 population a week ago.

Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): 49 cases in the seven days to January 5 – the figure was 21 a week ago. 

The seven-day rolling rate is 757.8 per 100,000 people – 324.8 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): 53 cases in the seven days to January 5 – the figure was 32 a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 630.6 per 100,000 people – 380.7 per 100,000 people a week ago.

Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): 34 cases in the seven days to January 5 – the figure was 38 a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 484.6 per 100,000 people – 541.6 per 100,000 a week ago.

Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): 24 cases in the seven days to January 5 – the figure was 11 a week ago.

The seven-day rolling rate is 440.3 per 100,000 people – 201.8 per 100,000 people a week ago.

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.

Major incident across East Sussex

East Sussex Director of Public Health, Darrell Gale, said on Thursday (January 7) it was concerning that all areas of the county were now experiencing “rates higher than the England average and that the rate of Covid-19 across the county is increasing sharply”.

The Sussex Resilience Forum declared a “major incident”, as we reported here, and Mr Gale commented:

Stay at home

“Rates have continued to increase sharply in East Sussex, and with the national rate of Covid-19 also increasing and the substantial pressures on the NHS, the government has had to introduce new stay at home messages. 

“This lockdown is a return to the stringent measures which were very effective early in 2020, and thanks to the effort of everyone this made a huge impact on reducing rates of Covid-19. 

“I know we will all work together to achieve the same impact as before.”

What is the situation with hospitals where Uckfield area patients tend to go?

Covid-19 hospital data is to January 3

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

119 patients admitted in the last seven days – up 44 (58.7%) on the previous seven day period (December 21-17). There are 38 people on ventilation.

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

88 patients admitted in the last seven days – down six (-6.4%) on the previous seven day period (December 21-17). There are 21 people on ventilation.

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

194 patients admitted in the last seven days – down 31 (-13.8%) on the previous seven day period (December 21-17). There are 22 people on ventilation.

The R rate for the South East healthcare region is estimated at 1.1 to 1.4 (data to January 8).

Wealden deaths where Covid is mentioned on the death certificate are also rising.


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