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A message from the Director of Public Health

Darrell Gale Director of Public Health East Sussex

Last updated 23 September 2021

  • Weekly rates continue to decline across East Sussex but remain high

Weekly rates continue to decline across East Sussex but remain high. To put this in context, the weekly rate this time last year for East Sussex was 5 per 100,000 compared to the current rate of 149 per 100,000. Hospitalisations are broadly static. Cases in school age children are higher than at the same point last year.

Service pressure in the NHS are high due to the backlog that has built up since the start of the pandemic, and winter brings with it significant additional pressures to the NHS. We are still following the Government’s Plan A. This aims to support those NHS pressures and focuses on maximum take up of the vaccine and ensuring everyone knows how to protect themselves and others. The great thing about many of the measures to prevent you catching COVID is they will also protect against other respiratory infections that we see in winter, so Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air is as important now as ever.

How to protect yourself and others

Take notice of any symptoms

  • If you are feeling ‘a bit off’, or you ‘just have a winter sniffle’ take a test to be sure.
  • Keep the App to check when you might have been at risk

Test

  • Take a rapid test twice a week.
  • Take a PCR test if you have symptoms.
  • Take a PCR test if you are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Isolate

  • Isolate if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
  • Isolate if you are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Vaccinate

  • Get your two jabs.
  • Take advantage of a booster if you are eligible.

Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Wear a mask in crowded spaces. Be sensible about social distancing. Put on a jumper and keep the window open.

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health

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