More 2,000 Wealden residents have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The total of lab-confirmed cases reached the 2,000 mark on Friday and since then the total has moved on to 2,100, up to teatime yesterday (December 13).
Of course, in the early months of the outbreak people were not regularly tested so the true total of the district’s Covid-19 cases is unknown.
Numbers have raced away in recent weeks as the second wave hit – the 1,000 mark was only breached at the beginning of November.
In the last seven days, a total of 251 new infections have been reported in Wealden – the previous seven-day rise which we reported last Monday was 197.
However, numbers in Uckfield itself and surrounding villages are more encouraging.
Data shows that Hailsham North, Alfriston and East Dean is a particular hotspot with 32 new cases over the last seven days and a rolling rate of 230.7 per 100,000 population which is above the England average.
Here are the latest figures for Uckfield and surrounding communities
Uckfield Town and North: four cases in the seven days to December 8 – the figure was six when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day per 100,000 population is 46.3 – 69.4 per 100,000 population a week ago.
Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): Between 0 and two cases in the seven days to December 8 – the figure was three when we reported a week ago. When there are fewer than three cases, the official data is not specific to protect individuals’ identities.
- The boundary between the two Uckfield areas is roughly the River Uck.
Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron): Eleven cases in the seven days to December 8 – the figure was 14 when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 130.9 per 100,000 people – 166.6 per 100,000 people when we last reported.
Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): Six cases in the seven days to December 8 – the figure was three when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 85.5 per 100,000 people – 42.8 per 100,000 people last time we reported.
Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): Between 0 and two cases in the seven days to December 8 – the figure was three when we reported a week ago. When there are fewer than three cases, the official data is not specific to protect individuals’ identities.
The current England rate is 166.3 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.
Overall, cases in the Wealden district have fluctuated in recent weeks although, according to East Sussex public health, infections “do appear to be starting to rise again, in line with the national trend”.
When looking at the national picture, Wealden is 58th, on a list of 380 local councils (51st last week) – when No 1 is the council area with the fewest cases per 100,000 population since the pandemic began.
New Covid cases in surrounding council areas in the last seven days:
- Brighton and Hove: 273 – a rate of 67.7 per 100,000 population
- Eastbourne borough: 115 – a rate of 75.2 per 100,000 population
- Hastings borough: 419 – a rate of 346.4 per 100,000 population
- Lewes district: 96 – a rate of 62.9 per 100,000 population
- Mid Sussex: 208 – a rate of 100.0 per 100,000 population
- Rother: 270 – a rate of 236.3 per 100,000 population
- Tunbridge Wells district: 312 – a rate of 232.5 per 100,000 population
East Sussex public health update
- The weekly rate in East Sussex has started to increase again, going from 95 to 113 per 100,000 in the last week;
- That increase is being driven by very sharp increases in Hastings and Rother; and
- Both districts are above the national average.
Information issued on Thursday, December 10.
Darrell Gale, East Sussex Director of Public Health, said:
“Despite having had one of the lowest infection rates in the country for some time, rates have risen rapidly in East Sussex over recent weeks and even more sharply over the last few days.
“If we each follow the rules set out for Tier 2 areas, we can start to turn things around.
“We all have choices to make.
Think carefully over Christmas arrangements
“I would urge you to reflect on who you really need to see, especially over Christmas.
“What can wait until the risk of the virus has reduced further? Consider if it’s really necessary at a time of increasing infections.
“Avoid crowds where possible, especially in shops and marketplaces.
“If you really need to go Christmas shopping, try to do it at less busy times.
Reduce social contact
“Reduce your social contact as much as you can, the fewer people you see the less likely the spread.
“It will be many months before vaccinations can alter the overall path of the virus.
“But we can do that immediately by thinking about the rules we must follow and the effect of the actions each of us take.
“We can change this, together.”
- The R rate for the South East is estimated to be between 0.9 and 1.1.
- In the last seven days, 1,404 patients have been admitted to hospital in the South East East health care region.