Updated: 18 September 2020

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Community members may appreciate an update on local COVID-19 statistics following recent news regarding rising infection rates in Worthing and Arun.


Incidence rates of COVID-19 are currently low locally across West Sussex but slowly rising slightly and are being closely monitored by our local Councils, Public Health teams and the National Government. Rates locally to Worthing have noticeably risen - this was, in large part, due to a single small cluster of cases, linked to one location in one evening, and therefore not classed as an outbreak. The figure equates to 13.4 cases per 100,000 people, which is well below the national average of 32.8 cases per 100,000.


Other cases are singular or small scale in high-density environments such as schools. These situations have been dealt with, admirably, by our schools’ leadership teams with careful measures put in place to ensure students and staff are not put at risk. The rate of infection locally has, broadly, followed the national trend, including select incidences that will increase our local figures despite being confined to specific and containable areas.


Some constituents have shared concerns with accessing COVID-19 tests locally. On some occasions, my team and I have been able to resolve the issue with welcome speed - with most, we have shared their concerns at the appropriate level and requested urgent response. It is necessary to reiterate that local testing centres are managed by the Department of Health and Social Care and the bookings are managed on the national system.


The Council has raised the issue of lack of COVID-19 laboratory capacity with the Government but we have been informed that this will possibly take some time to resolve. We are united in pressuring the Government to take action as a matter of urgency.


We must remain vigilant and considerate. We must not become complacent. It is critical that we continue to social distance, wash our hands regularly and wear masks in public places. We must not act selfishly but, rather, consider the health and wellbeing of those around us as we go about our lives.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Clinically vulnerable people should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their households, but do not need to be shielded

  • Such people are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact, continuing to practise social distancing as proactively as they have been for the past two months

  • Those currently shielding those are advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to meet one other person at a two-metre distance, GPs will provide notification and advice

  • Those shielding should not go out to work, to shop or visit friends in their homes

  • People who are classed as “extremely clinically vulnerable” have not seen restrictions lifted and must continue to shield themselves

  • Personal face coverings shouldn’t replace social distancing.

Advice on Staying Safe:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household

  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible

  • Avoid being face to face with people if they are outside your household

  • Avoid crowds

  • Wash your clothes regularly, with a special focus on what you have worn in public

  • Keep indoor places well ventilated to reduce transmission

  • If you can, wear a face-covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible


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