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National lockdown: Stay at Home rules now apply in East Sussex.

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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Last updated 21 January 2021.

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Message from Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health

  • The rates in East Sussex have finally started to decrease. The weekly rate in East Sussex has declined from 777 per 100,000 last week to 579 per 100,000 for the week ended 15 January. This continues to be higher than the England average which is now 497 per 100,000.
  • Eastbourne remains the area with by far the highest rate at 892 per 100,000. Wealden and Hastings remain above the England average at respectively 578 and 520 per 100,000, followed by Lewes and then Rother (492 and 394 per 100,000 respectively).
  • Although we appear to have passed the peak of cases in East Sussex, it is concerning that the rate in Eastbourne is not yet declining as fast as the rest of the county.
  • The declaration of a major incident remains across Sussex. Hospitals are continuing to experience substantial pressures due to demand on beds from the increased number of COVID-19 cases now being higher than it was in April during the first peak.
  • The continuing national lockdown measures mean that you must not leave, or be outside of your home, except where necessary. You can only leave to shop for necessities, work if you can’t do so from home, exercise once a day, access support from your childcare or support bubble, to seek medical assistance or avoid injury or harm (including domestic abuse), or to attend education if eligible.

Adherence to the national lockdown seems to be having an impact on COVID rates and is starting to reverse the trend of December and early January, so I thank everyone for their efforts. By all following the stay at home guidance we can get East Sussex back to the low rates we previously experienced.

During lockdown as activities outside the home are reduced, household transmission becomes a more significant source of spread of COVID-19. There are simple actions we can all take at home – such as wiping surfaces regularly and opening windows if you have a tradesperson visit the house – which are estimated to reduce spread within households by up to 25%, which could then reduce overall rates of COVID-19 by 10–15%.

Please all continue to share the messages about staying at home, hands face space, and the resources from Germ Defence – Spread the website, not the virus and adapt the messaging in the way that best resonates with the communities you work with.

We are entering a new phase with the vaccine being rolled out by the NHS – even if you are having to wait your turn the fantastic thing about vaccinations is that we all benefit from a lower risk when people get vaccinated, even if they haven’t reached us yet.

Darrell Gale Director of Public Health
Darrell Gale Director of Public Health