The recorded number of West Sussex people testing positive for COVID-19 from 4 – 17 October is 752. This is 59% higher than the number testing positive during the previous 14-day period.
The seven-day incidence rate varies amongst our districts and boroughs as does which district and borough has the highest rate. From 11 – 17 October, Adur had the lowest rate at 32.7 per 100,000 population, and Horsham had the highest rate with 52.9 per 100,000 population.
The overall West Sussex seven-day incidence rate over this period was 43.3 per 100,000 population. This is similar to that of the 7-day period between 4 and 10 October (378 new cases, a 7-day incidence rate of 43.8 per 100,000 population).
The latest published seven-day incidence rate for England (published 19 October 2020) was 168.7 per 100,000 population, and covers the period 8 – 14 October. Of the people testing positive for COVID-19 over the seven-day period, 63% were aged under 40, and 12% were aged over 60. Young adults showed the highest age-specific incidence rate during this period.
As highlighted in our update last week, the COVID-19 alert level for the whole of West Sussex remains Medium. Please continue to take care and follow the latest guidance, especially when travelling or visiting over the half term holiday.
Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.
There are a number of vaccines being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is working with the NHS and aims to recruit as many people as possible on to the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.
Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK – including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.
The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.
|As we’re in the midst of a pandemic, knocking on doors trick or treating this Halloween isn’t recommended. So, this year, we’re asking all our residents to help #KeepWestSussexSafe and to ‘skelebrate’ in the comfort (and warmth) of your own homes. Here are some suggestions to keep the kids (and adults) entertained.
- Have a virtual pumpkin carving competition with your friends. Carve your pumpkins at home and share the results via Zoom, Google or Skype.
- Have fun decorating your house. There are lots of crafting ideas online.
- Have a Halloween movie night at home. Even for very young children there are some family favourites. Bake some Halloween treats to make it a special occasion.
We’re asking residents not to attend crowded costume parties, substitute facemasks for Halloween masks or go trick or treating – this includes leaving bowls of sweets outside your house.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more ‘spooktacular’ ideas.
Following a comprehensive review, a decision has been taken today to remove the Government funded, temporary cycleway in Chichester.
Find out more here.
|West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to keep safe this bonfire and fireworks season.
With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens.
We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.
- Respect the firework
- Respect the emergency services
- Respect your neighbours (and animals).
And #KeepWestSussexSafe by remembering social distancing guidelines and the rule of six.
For advice on disposing of fireworks visit our website.
| The three simple rules to successful recycling are, keep it CLEAN, DRY and LOOSE. Follow them and you’ll be contributing to increasing the amount we recycle in West Sussex.
- CLEAN – free from food and drink leftovers – a quick rinse will usually do.
- DRY – keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled, cause other items to stick to them i.e. broken glass, and can clog up machinery when sorted.
- LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.
Not sure what you can recycle? Full details are on the link below.
|Our gritters have been on the annual ‘dry’ run (no rock salt used) to test the county council’s readiness to keep priority routes safe this winter.
The gritters and equipment are checked to ensure they are in good working order ahead of any severe weather later in the year. They also note any problems they might find on the routes, such as overgrown hedges needing attention.
Winter readiness in numbers:
- 19 gritters are ready to grit 1,690km of road again on key routes, just like last year
- We have 8,200 tonnes of rock salt in our stockpiles
- 800 community salt bins are ready, including about 100 which have been re-stocked.
When snow or ice is forecast, we salt the priority routes as we cannot salt every road in the county. We have many very active communities with local winter plans and salt bins and equipment across West Sussex.
These communities carry out snow and ice clearance in areas of local importance. The county council assists them by working with parish, town, district and borough councils, topping-up their salt bins before the winter season.
Parish and town councils also work with local farmers or contractors who can assist with snow clearance when needed.