Weekly statement by the Public Health team based on COVID-19 cases
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21 October 2021
In the 7 days up to 15 October (based on data published on 20 October) we had 930 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove.
- up 27.2% on the previous 7 days
- equivalent to a weekly rate of 318.8 per 100,000 residents
- lower than the South East which was 450.5 per 100,000
- lower than the rate for England, which was 447.9 per 100,000
What this means for Brighton & Hove
There has been a rise in overall cases this week – both in the city and across England.
As stated in yesterday’s government announcement – vaccines remain our primary line of defence against the virus.
Locally the NHS is making it as easy as possible for you to get your vaccines. Walk-in clinics are available every day for first and second doses, and for Covid boosters for those that are eligible.
So whether you are yet to have your first vaccine, or due your second, booster or flu, please get your jab as soon as you can.
What you can do to help keep cases down and reduce the spread
Get your Covid vaccines, your booster and your flu jab when you’re offered it.
- First and second doses (after 8 weeks) are available for everyone aged 16 or over. Book online or find a walk-in session across the city.
- Covid boosters are available for over 50s, health & social care workers and those with underlying health conditions where it's been 6 months since your 2nd jab. If it’s been 182 days since your second dose you can book online or attend a walk-in session at Churchill Square.
- Vaccinations for most 12-15 year olds are being organised through schools. Find out more about vaccines for 12-15 year olds.
- Flu vaccines are also free for many people. See who’s eligible and how to book. Many people are eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines. If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.
Wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed places.
Meet outside where possible, or let fresh air in.
Keep taking twice-weekly lateral flow tests, report your results and isolate if required.
- order free test packs online to be delivered to you at home
- pick packs up from Jubilee Library or Hove Town Hall
- collect packs from a pharmacy – you need to register for a collect code before picking up tests from a pharmacy
- get a supervised test at a pharmacy
Get a PCR test if you have any symptoms, even mild, or if you test positive from a lateral flow test. Then stay at home and isolate for 10 days if you test positive. If you have any symptoms it’s important that you get a PCR test and don’t use the LFD home test kits.
Close contacts of someone who’s tested positive should get a PCR test. If you are a close contact and not fully vaccinated you should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days even if your PCR is negative. If you are a contact and fully vaccinated (where you received your second dose more than two weeks ago) or if you are under 18 years and 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate while waiting for your PCR result.