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Covid infection rate data now published at local level

Published on Tuesday 14 July 2020

Derbyshire County Council are now reporting Covid infection rates at local level following the release of new information from Public Health England (PHE).

The data, updated weekly, covers the number of weekly cases in Derbyshire, the number of cases in different age groups, and the rate of infection in each district since the beginning of February.

Public Health England currently gives detailed information to county and unitary authorities on a weekly basis. Councils across England are asking PHE and the government to issue data more frequently to support Directors of Public Health in being able to act on local cases quickly to prevent outbreaks.

Derbyshire County Council’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said:

“This information will support councils, the health sector, private businesses and residents in acting on any rise in infection rates quickly. By taking decisive action at an early stage we can help to prevent outbreaks and avoid situations of the type seen in Leicester as far as possible.

“I would call on everyone to remember that, despite the easing of some restrictions, this isn’t over. Washing your hands, maintaining a social distance of two metres and wearing a face covering on public transport are the best methods of stopping the spread of coronavirus regardless of the infection rate in your local area.

“People can carry the infection without showing symptoms. By following this advice, and by getting tested and isolating immediately if you have symptoms, we can help to protect ourselves, our families and our Derbyshire communities.

“When looking at the data it is important to remember that the number of cases in Derbyshire is currently relatively small and a few cases can change the infection rate for an area quite considerably. There are lots of factors that can contribute to the number of cases in an area including demographic differences, the number of care homes and social and economic factors. We are monitoring the rates of infection across Derbyshire closely and will take action as needed.”

Data covers ‘Pillar 1’ and ‘Pillar 2’ information. Pillar 1 gives the positive test results from hospitals and healthcare testing while Pillar 2 gives the positive test results from the wider community.

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