Covid-19 alert status for Brighton & Hove stays at yellow

There were 31 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city up to 26 September which is down from 47 cases in the previous week.

This is equivalent to a weekly rate of new cases of 10.7 per 100,000 residents which is lower than England’s rate of 57.6 per 100,000.

 An explanation of the alert levels with the most recent data is available on the Covid-19 key statistics page of the council's website.

Although the local rate is lower than the previous week, the city remains at yellow because difficulties residents have experienced when trying to book a test mean the data is not showing the full picture. 

The new local testing site in East Brighton is now operating and we may see a change in the number of cases as more local people can access tests locally. Tests must be booked in advance on the NHS website.

Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health said: “Brighton & Hove is still a long way from a local lockdown as seen in other parts of the country. But we must all keep playing our part to stop the virus from spreading.

“It’s good to see that this week the number of cases among young people is coming down. But we know a lot of transmission is occurring within households, between family members or flatmates. 

“We’re asking everyone who has Covid symptoms to seek a test and self-isolate for 10 days from the first day the symptoms start. If one person in a household has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms.

“If you have symptoms (or have had a positive result), try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone you share a household with who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.

People also need to self-isolate for 14 days if one of their support bubble has symptoms or tests positive, or they are asked to by NHS Test and Trace.

“We know this will be difficult for many people as they cannot leave home for any reason, even to buy food or collect a prescription. It can also be a lonely and anxious time. We are making help available for anyone who is having difficulty while self-isolation through our Community Hub.  

The resources available range from emergency help accessing food to financial and well being advice.”