The number of cases is rising throughout many parts of Derbyshire, including the High Peak which had 65 cases between 1 September and 14 September - up from from 23 during the previous 2 week period.
Dean Wallace, who is leading Derbyshire’s response to the epidemic, urged local people to help stop the spread by following Government advice and restrictions to avoid even tighter restrictions being imposed, similar to the extra ‘lockdown’ measures seen recently in areas such as Greater Manchester.
Dean Wallace said:
“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a rise in the High Peak which isn’t surprising given the close proximity to the areas affected by the extra restrictions, but we can’t afford to be complacent in Derbyshire. It’s vital that everyone plays their part in helping to beat this virus which is still spreading.
“The message is simple. Keep washing your hands, cover your face in enclosed areas, keep a safe distance from others and keep social gatherings to no more than six people – including children — both indoors and outdoors.
“We’re closely monitoring the situation and will take action if needed in the future. But if we all stay alert and take sensible precautions we can prevent the spread of this very contagious virus and all get back to what we love to do more quickly.”
Anyone with at least one of the three main symptoms – a high temperature, new persistent cough or change to taste or smell should stay at home and book a test immediately.
“Nationally there have been some problems with people obtaining tests but that’s no excuse for not staying at home if you’ve got symptoms. Do the right thing – stay at home, book a test and help protect the people you love.
“But please don’t book a test unless you have symptoms — you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs one.”
These areas are grouped by a population of at least 5,000 and an average of 7,500.
Community testing was not set up until late in the pandemic, with a focus on healthcare workers and patients, so an unknown number of these cases will not feature in the available data.
The current case numbers and infection rates in Derby and across Derbyshire remain low – especially in comparison to hotspot areas with reintroduced restrictions.
Nowhere in the county or city is currently judged to be an area of concern by central government.
The current rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, as of the week ending Friday, September 18, is 16.7 for Derby city – up from 13.6 the week before – and 23.5 – up from 12.8 – for Derbyshire county.
For context, the rate in Bolton is 212.7 and in Blackburn with Darwen it is 122.9 – both areas have a raft of reintroduced restrictions, including some seen during lockdown.
The average rate of cases for England is 33.8 per 100,000 people.
Here are the 12 areas in Derby and Derbyshire which have had more than 70 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, as of September 11:
Rose Hill & Castleward (Derby) = 105
New Normanton (Derby) = 90
Allenton & Osmaston (Derby) = 89
Spital & Hasland (Chesterfield) = 87
Glossop (High Peak) = 86
Killamarsh (North East Derbyshire) = 85
Dronfield Town & Unstone (North East Derbyshire) = 84
Littleover East (Derby) = 78
Buxton North (High Peak; Castle Gresley, Overseal & Coton South Derbyshire) = 77
Sinfin (Derby) = 73
Chellaston West & Shelton Lock (Derby) = 71
Half of the areas which have seen more than 70 cases are in Derby, where a quarter of the county’s population lives.
This is believed to be because cities are more densely populated, with people living closer to each other and more likely to mingle with a greater number of people per day.
Here are the rates of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 in council areas for the week September 7-13:
Amber Valley – 30
Bolsover – 37
Chesterfield – 26
Derby – 20
Derbyshire Dales – 7
Erewash – 21
High Peak – 43
North East Derbyshire – 30
South Derbyshire – 20
Anyone with symptoms can book an appointment for a free test or request a free home testing kit online or by calling NHS 119.
If people start to feel unwell they should remain at home for at least 10 days but should arrange to have a test within five days of developing symptoms.
People who test positive will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team by email, text or phone.
They will be asked where they have been and who they’ve been in contact with. Tracers will then be in touch with close contacts to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days.
If people are contacted by the Test and Trace programme, it is important that they give all the correct information to keep their friends and family safe.
Published: 22/09/2020 By: Radio Rewind Newsroom