Covid-19 infections across Wealden have jumped by more than a third in the last week.
The total number of cases passed the 4,000 mark in figures reported yesterday (January 3).
Cases in the Uckfield area are also rising with higher numbers in some surrounding villages than within the town itself.
More than 200 cases reported in a day
It was only on Friday, December 11, that the total of confirmed cases in Wealden passed the 2,000 mark – the 1,000 total was only breached at the beginning of November.
In the last seven days, there have been 938 positive tests – 214 of which were reported on Sunday afternoon.
This figure is the highest number recorded for any 24-hour period in Wealden.
The district total now stands at 4,196 since the pandemic began.
Words of caution
It should be noted that the first wave last spring did not document all cases because testing was limited and the daily figure should also be treated with some caution as it came during the holiday period which may well have affected reporting.
However, there is no mistaking the trend.
The current rate of infection per 100,000 population in Wealden is 476.9 which is above the England rate of 450.6 per 100,000 people.
New Covid cases in surrounding council areas in the last seven days:
- Brighton and Hove: 1,413 with a rate of 485.8 per 100,000 population
- Eastbourne borough: 602 with a rate of 580.3 per 100,000 population
- Hastings borough: 767 with a rate of 827.7 per 100,000 population
- Lewes district: 491 with a rate of 475.5 per 100,000 population
- Mid Sussex: 694 with a rate of 459.5 per 100,000 population
- Rother: 574 with a rate of 597.4 per 100,000 population
- Tunbridge Wells district: 563 with a rate of 474.2 per 100,000 population
The above data is up to yesterday (January 3) afternoon. The breakdown of figures for the Uckfield district (below) is up to December 29. The village groupings have similar size populations.
Uckfield area infection rates
Uckfield Town and North: 20 cases in the seven days to December 29 – the figure was 21 when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate per 100,000 population is 231.4 – 243.0 per 100,000 population a week ago.
Uckfield South (New Town and Ridgewood): 21 cases in the seven days to December 29 – the figure was 18 when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 324.8 per 100,000 people – 278.4 per 100,000 people last time we reported.
- The boundary between the two Uckfield areas is roughly the River Uck.
Buxted, Framfield and Rotherfield (includes High Hurstwood, Blackboys and Waldron): 31 cases in the seven days to December 29 – the figure was 25 when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 368.8 per 100,000 people – 297.4 per 100,000 people when we last reported.
Five Ash Down, Horsted and Chiddingly (includes Maresfield, Piltdown, Isfield, Halland, East Hoathly and Laughton): 35 cases in the seven days to December 29 – the figure was 29 when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 498.9 per 100,000 people – 413.3 per 100,000 people last time we reported.
Chelwood and Nutley (includes Fletching): 12 cases in the seven days to December 29 – the figure was ten when we reported a week ago.
The seven-day rolling rate is 220.1 per 100,000 people – 183.5 per 100,000 people when we last reported.
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.
Looking back on 2020 Wealden figures
This website’s dataset shows there were 3,741 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the Wealden district during 2020 [figures reported up to 4pm on December 31, 2020].
However, there will have been many more because in the early weeks of the pandemic widespread testing was unavailable.
East Sussex – now it’s older people being infected
The number of people over the age of 60 in East Sussex with Covid-19 is increasing.
County public officials said people aged 60 plus were more likely to suffer long-lasting effects.
Until recently, Covid-19 cases in East Sussex were being found predominantly in young people and working age adults.
What is the situation with hospitals where Uckfield area patients tend to go?
Covid-19 hospital data is to December 27
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust NHS Trust (Royal Sussex County in Brighton and the Princess Royal at Haywards Heath
- 13 patients in the last day, 75 in the seven days to December 27 – down 11 on the previous seven-day period (to December 20). The current in-patient total is 135 with 24 on ventilation.
East Sussex Healthcare (DGH at Eastbourne and Conquest at Hastings)
- 13 patients in the last day, 94 in the seven days to December 27 – down 40 on the previous seven-day period (to December 20). The current in-patient total to 284 with 19 on ventilation.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone)
- 28 patients admitted in the last day, 225 in the seven days to December 27 – up 45 on the previous seven-day period (to December 20). The current in-patient total is 305 with 19 on ventilation.
Covid-19 news in brief
A Covid-19 mobile testing unit has been in Uckfield and will be working again today (January 4) in the railway station car park. Test slots must be pre-booked.
The R rate for the South East healthcare region is estimated at 1.2 to 1.4 (data to December 23)
Uckfield Rugby Club has postponed the start of the 2021 season.
- UckfieldNews.com maintains its own datasets relating to Covid-19 in Wealden and Uckfield. They are built using published sources, generally the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Government.
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