Information about the virus

COVID-19 alert level, weekly data and Outbreak Control Plan

Our current alert level, how we will respond to local outbreaks and our weekly report on the latest number of cases and deaths in the county.

Alert levels in West Sussex

The government has introduced a three tiered system of local COVID-19 alert levels in England.

The current alert level for all district and borough councils in West Sussex is medium.

The medium level consists of the current national measures which came into force on 25 September.

There are an increasing number of confirmed cases across the county, in line with national trends. There were 566 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Sussex in the seven days to 21 October 2020. Further details can be found in the data pack in the supporting documents and in a regularly updated local summary.

Alert level details

There are three alert levels:

  • medium
  • high
  • very high.

The GOV.UK website details the restrictions that apply at each level.

You can also find out the alert level of any area in England using a postcode search.

Local Outbreak Control Plan

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has produced a COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan, as required by the Government. This details how local, regional and national organisations and responses will work together as a system to prevent cases of the virus, where possible, in West Sussex and respond to any local outbreaks.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2020 after sustained global transmission.

WSCC, like all upper-tier local authorities, was asked to produce a first version of a local outbreak control plan by the end of June 2020. The plan will evolve over time.

The plan covers:

  • managing outbreaks in West Sussex care homes and schools
  • identifying and managing high risk places, locations and communities
  • local testing capacity - Testing in Sussex
  • contact tracing in complex settings
  • data integration
  • supporting vulnerable people
  • governance.

Planning to prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our communities requires a whole system and multi-agency approach, including the Government’s national Test and Trace Programme.

A wide range of stakeholders have contributed and commented on this West Sussex COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan and will continue to shape its development. This includes district and borough councils across the county, Healthwatch West Sussex, Public Health England South East region and the NHS.

More information on operational delivery elements will be added to the plan as further guidance is produced nationally and as the national Joint Biosecurity Centre becomes fully operational.

West Sussex Public Health will publish weekly information packs relating to COVID-19 in West Sussex each Tuesday. These packs are available in the supporting documents below.

Supporting documents

Last updated:
27 October 2020
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