Following the government’s announcement this week introducing the new three tier alert levels for England, we wanted to let you know that the alert level for the whole of West Sussex is currently Medium.

This means that current restrictions remain in place:

  • Only meet people socially in groups of six
  • Follow social distancing when you meet
  • Work from home if possible.

In the 14 days between 27 September and 10 October, 587 people tested positive in West Sussex.

Cases are rising but at 37.2 cases per 100,000 population (the weekly incidence rate), West Sussex remains below the regional and national level. For comparison, the seven-day incidence rate for England (published 12 October 2020) was 150.1 per 100,000 population, for the period 1 October to 7 October.

The seven-day incidence rate varies amongst our districts and boroughs as does which district and borough has the highest rate. Over the period 4 October to 10 October, Horsham had the highest rate with 54.2 per 100,000 population and Arun had the lowest rate at 19.9 per 100,000 population.

Of the people testing positive for COVID-19 in West Sussex over the seven-day period, 69% were aged under 40, and 9% were over 60. Young adults showed the highest age-specific incidence rate during this period.

We would like to thank all residents for following the government guidelines.

Please continue to do this so we Keep West Sussex Safe.

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