Keep yourself and others safe and well

In the 7 days up to 28 January (based on data published on 2 February) we had 3558 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Brighton & Hove.

This is:

  • up 18.7% on the previous 7 days
  • equivalent to a weekly rate of 1219.6 per 100,000 residents
  • lower than the South East which was 1289.2 per 100,000
  • higher than the rate for England, which was 1082.6 per 100,000 

What this means for Brighton & Hove

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

“Numbers of positive cases are still high in the city, so we need to keep taking action to manage the risk to ourselves and others.

“We know that vaccinations are making a real difference in preventing serious illness or hospitalisation, so if you are due a Covid vaccine please get it.

“Testing and isolating is still crucial to finding infections and stopping the spread. Please make sure you have lateral flow tests at home to use and self-isolate if you test positive or have symptoms.

“We should continue to reduce our risk in situations where the risk of catching or passing on Covid is higher in crowded and enclosed spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious and limited fresh air.

“Please keep wearing face coverings, giving people space, opening windows and washing your hands.

“This is also a really uncertain time for some people. With the removal of restrictions in many places, people are feeling nervous about being out.

“Following the guidance is not just about being safe yourself, but also about helping others to feel safe.”

Key advice to keep yourself and others safe and well

Get your Covid vaccines as soon as you can so you have the best protection against the virus.

  • 16+: book online or visit a walk-in.
  • 12-15: get vaccines through schools, or from Churchill Square by booking online. Parents or carers must attend with anyone under 16.

Reduce your close contacts and keep groups small. 

Meet outside where possible or open a window to let fresh air in.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and cover coughs and sneezes.

Continue to wear a face covering in all crowded or enclosed spaces, including on public transport.

Take lateral flow tests before you meet others or go to crowded or enclosed places. Report your results and isolate if you test positive. You can order tests online, or collect from Jubilee Library, Hove Town Hall, or many pharmacies. 

Stay at home if you feel unwell, to reduce the risk of passing other illnesses onto others.

If you have any Covid symptoms you must self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

If you test positive on a PCR test or lateral flow test you must stay at home and follow the latest self-isolation rules. When you receive your results, you’ll be given advice about what to do next.

You can end your self-isolation on the sixth day of self-isolation following 5 full days isolating and 2 negative rapid lateral flow test tests taken on consecutive days. The self-isolation period remains 10 full days for those without negative results from 2 rapid lateral flow tests taken a day apart.

If you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 and you’re:

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