Weekly statement by the Public Health team based on COVID-19 cases

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29 July 2021

In the 7 days up to 23 July (based on data published on 28 July) we had 1,166 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove – down from 1,584 in the previous week.

This is:

  • a 26% decrease on the previous week
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 400.8 per 100,000 residents – down from 544.5 per 100,000 in the previous week
  • higher than the south east which was 323.3 per 100,000
  • almost equal to the rate for England, which was 401.4 per 100,000 

What this means for Brighton & Hove

For the first week since early May we have seen a reduction in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our city.

Although numbers have come down this week, the rate of infection is still very high compared with earlier in the year. The virus is spreading in all age groups, not just young people.

Unfortunately, there are now in-patients with COVID-19 in our local hospital, although the numbers are lower than earlier in the pandemic thanks to the effectiveness of the vaccines.

Our local vaccination programme has delivered a first vaccine dose to nearly 3 quarters of our residents.

However almost half of adults in Brighton & Hove are not yet fully vaccinated with 2 doses. You need the full course of 2 jabs for full protection.

There are still too many unprotected people in our community who are at risk of serious illness if they become infected.

Everyone who can be vaccinated, but have not yet done so, should get their first dose as soon as possible.

And we urge everyone who has already had their first jab to arrange to get their second dose at 8 weeks for maximum protection.

It's easy to get vaccinated with walk-in appointments available at the Brighton Centre from 8:30am to 7pm every day. You can also pre-book a vaccination appointment online or phone 119 to book. 

Walk-in vaccination clinics are available this weekend including Hove Lawns on Saturday 31 July or Waitrose on Sunday 1 August from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Find the most up to date list of all walk-in vaccination sites in the area from Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Keep our city open for everyone

We’re aware that after restrictions lifting on 19 July many people don’t feel safe going to public places.

Please be mindful that not everyone feels comfortable in busy areas. Many are choosing to keep wearing face coverings in public to protect themselves and others.

Despite the photos in the media of crowding in some popular places, this is not common across the whole city. There are plenty of areas where it is possible to maintain physical distancing when shopping, socialising and exercising safely.

Although wearing face coverings in public places is no longer mandatory, many of our local businesses are continuing to request it.

Given the high levels of the virus in the city, we encourage everyone who wants to, to continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet and maintain physical distancing in public when you can.

In addition, please continue to meet outside when possible, keep inside spaces well ventilated and wash hands regularly or use hand sanitiser.

Test regularly to contain infection

If you get a high temperature, have a new or continuous cough or a change to your sense of taste or smell, you should get a coronavirus test and isolate immediately.

Please do lateral flow tests at home twice a week. This is especially important if you are going out mixing socially in more crowded spaces.

It’s the only way to be sure you’re keeping your friends, family and colleagues safe.

They can be picked up at most chemists and other places around the city, including Jubilee Library. Or you can order lateral flow tests for delivery to your home

The 2 walk-in symptom-free PCR testing sites for 18 to 29 year olds will stay at the Peace Statue on Hove Seafront and in Jubilee Square, next to the library while cases are high.

This is to try and stop the spread while we wait for the impact of the vaccine to catch up.

Self-isolate when needed – help is available

If you're notified by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with someone who's tested positive, you should self-isolate for the time the app tells you to.

You can apply for financial help if you’ll lose pay by having to self-isolate.

Practical or wellbeing support from our community hub is also available to help with everyday domestic tasks and support you with how you might be feeling.