Think of others and keep testing

In the 7 days up to 12 November (based on data published on 17 November) we had 1073 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • Up 19% on the previous 7 days
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 367.8 per 100,000 residents
  • lower than the South East which was 418.4 per 100,000
  • lower than the rate for England, which was 376.4 per 100,000 

What this means for Brighton & Hove

Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health at Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“Once again, we’ve seen an increasing number of our of residents testing positive - showing that Covid is very much still with us.

“Even if you’re fully vaccinated, regular testing is important so you know you’re not spreading Covid without realising.

“Many people who’ve had Covid didn’t show any symptoms and only realised when they tested positive on a lateral flow test before confirming it with a PCR test.

“Please think of others and keep testing, especially on days when you’re mixing with lots of people or seeing more vulnerable people who might get seriously ill from Covid.

“And if you test positive, stay at home and get a PCR test.”

What you can do to help keep Covid cases down

Get your Covid vaccines, your booster and your flu jab when you’re offered it.

  • First and second doses are available to book online or find a walk-in session near you. People aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months) are currently eligible for a 2nd dose 8 weeks after your 1st. People aged 16 and 17 will soon be invited to book a second dose 12 weeks or more after their first dose.
  • Covid boosters are available for people aged 50 and over, health & social care workers and those with underlying health conditions where it's been 182 days (6 months and 1 week) since your 2nd jab. Walk-in vaccination sessions are available but many are currently busy so it’s best to book an appointment in advance to avoid a long wait. People aged 40 and over will soon be invited to book when they are eligible.
  • Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds are being organised through schools or you can book an appointment through the national booking service. Find out more about vaccines for 12-15 year olds.
  • Flu vaccines are available now and 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, including public transport. It’s not just about protecting yourself and others, it can also help make sure others feel safe.

Meet outside where possible, or let fresh air in.

Keep taking regular lateral flow tests and report all results. If you test positive you must self-isolate and order a PCR test.

Get a PCR test if you have any Covid 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 lateral flow 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.

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