Covid is still around, take action to stop the spread

In the 7 days up to 5 March (based on data published on 10 March) we had 1516 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • Up 12.6% on previous 7 days
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 519.6 per 100,000 residents
  • higher than the South East which was 478.4 per 100,000
  • higher than the rate for England, which was 369.7 per 100,000 

What this means for Brighton & Hove

We’ve seen an increase in the number of positive cases over the last week. This is a reminder to us all that Covid is still in our community and we need to do what we can to stop any further spread.

This includes continuing to test while it’s available and avoiding contact with others if you feel unwell, test positive or are a close contact.

Please think of others and take action to protect our families and communities – particularly those at the greatest risk of severe illness.

I’ve tested positive for Covid-19, what should I do now?

Stay at home, avoid contact with others and follow the guidance on gov.uk

  • You should not attend work during that time. Talk to your employer about the options available to you.
  • Avoid inviting anyone into your home and cancel routine medical or dental appointments.
  • Tell people you’ve met with recently about your positive test result so they can follow the right guidance.
  • If you do have to leave home, wear a face covering, stay at least 2 metres apart from others, and avoid contact with those at high risk from Covid-19.

I’ve got symptoms of Covid-19, what should I do now?

Stay at home, avoid contact with others and order a PCR test. If you test positive, follow the guidance on gov.uk

  • You should not attend work during that time. Talk to your employer about the options available to you.
  • Avoid inviting anyone into your home and cancel routine medical or dental appointments.
  • If you do have to leave home, wear a face covering, stay at least 2 metres apart from others, and avoid contact with those at high risk from Covid-19.

I live with, or have stayed overnight in the home of, someone with Covid-19, what should I do now?

Follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 and their contacts.

  • Try to work from home if you possibly can.
  • Avoid contact with people who may be at high risk of becoming seriously ill if they get Covid-19.

Reduce your risk of catching and spreading Covid-19

There are other steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Get vaccinated so you have the best protection against Covid-19

  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.
  • Stay at home if you are unwell to reduce the risk of passing any illnesses to others.
  • Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes to reduce the spread of viruses.

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