Understanding the rates of COVID-19 infection across Derbyshire is essential for us to act quickly to manage any local outbreaks and can help you to take appropriate precautions by knowing the infection rates in your area.
Public Health England is currently releasing information to us on a weekly basis and we're reporting the information at a local level here. The data is given by 'middle layer super output area', which are geographical areas used by the NHS and the Office for National Statistics to report local data. By reporting at this level we can ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained whilst ensuring that you have detailed information.
The data we receive from Public Health England is a week old and you should bear this in mind when viewing the infection rates for your local area. We're asking for data to be reported to us more regularly so that we can provide information that is as up to date as possible.
Washing your hands, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres and wearing a mask 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 show symptoms, we can help to protect ourselves, our families and our Derbyshire communities.
The information provided in the document attached to this page gives:
- the number of cases in Derbyshire by week
- the total number of cases in different age groups
- the number of cases and rate of infection in each ward by district or borough since February
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 (like age), the number of care homes and social and economic factors. You can be reassured that our public health experts are monitoring the rates of infection across Derbyshire closely and will take action as needed.
Pillar 1 information gives the positive test results from hospitals and healthcare testing.
Pillar 2 information gives the positive test results from the wider community.
The graphs show the combined Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 information combined (so the total number of positive results) unless stated otherwise.
Public Health England also publish data at a similar geographical level online but because that data is collated in a different way to the figures we receive, some of the numbers may look different between our reporting and that on the national dashboard.