Derbyshire Avoid Being Locked Down

The rate of Covid-19 infections in the High Peak continues to surge above the national average and it remains the outlier in the county, though five boroughs are now above the national level (27 per 100,000 people).

However, the High Peak’s higher number of cases per 100,000 people (55) remains low and is far lower than hotspots with reintroduced restrictions, such as neighbouring Tameside (153).

Dean Wallace, director of public health for Derbyshire County Council, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the High Peak is an area of concern.

He stressed that there was still time for residents to turn the situation around and avoid local lockdown but this must happen fast and social distancing, face mask and hand hygiene measures need to be consistently followed.

He told the LDRS:

“Derbyshire county is following the national pattern, is on the same trajectory as the national picture but with a slower rate of infection. Derbyshire is big, if you divide it down into its districts you see a lot of variation.

“High Peak is trending higher and above the national average, whereas the Derbyshire Dales is lower.

“We are concerned about the High Peak and specifically the area around Glossop area. There are a sporadic number of cases there that are not easily linked together.

“It could be community spread and could be linked to travel. We are also seeing cases in the Buxton area increase in rates.

“We are aware that some of the cases around Glossop have been linked to the outbreak at Tameside Hospital, but even that does not explain the overall difference in the rate and points to the Greater Manchester position. The High Peak position points to Manchester as opposed to the rest of Derbyshire.

Mr Wallace said that the recent outbreak in Covid-19 cases at Tameside General Hospital, which saw 18 Covid-19 related deaths in the week to September 10, was connected to a number of Glossop patients.

The rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 for the week September 18-24 by district, borough and the city are listed below, with the national average and key hotspot areas for context.

Amber Valley - 48

Bolsover - 45

Chesterfield - 17

Derby - 38

Erewash - 27

High Peak - 55

North East Derbyshire - 33

South Derbyshire - 32

England - 27

Tameside - 153

Bolton - 239

There have been 824 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Derbyshire (including Derby) in the first three weeks of September.

Just under a quarter of these were in the Derby (205) with Amber Valley seeing the most new cases (115), followed by the High Peak (101).

There were 261 cases in the first week of September, followed by 245 and then a sharp rise to 318.

Published: 29/09/2020 By: Radio Rewind Newsroom