COVID-19 update

On Monday (12 April), Sussex will enter step two of the roadmap, but the pandemic is not over yet, so we can’t let our guard down. Cases of coronavirus continue to fall, with 161 confirmed in the seven days to Saturday 3 April.

Check infection rates in your area by visiting the West Sussex COVID-19 Data Dashboard and if you think you may have any coronavirus symptoms, isolate immediately and book a test or call 119 to get an appointment to visit a test site.

Restrictions are easing, but we can’t ease up yet because the virus hasn’t gone away. You can find details of the step two rules by visiting our website. Please continue to follow the sensible measures in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing face coverings.

It is important that as restrictions are eased, we all keep doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus.

If you choose to return to the shops, restaurants, high streets and outdoor venues, please plan ahead, keep travel to a minimum, be patient, give yourself time, and consider the needs of others.

Follow the guidance at each location, and keep in mind the advice to ‘act like you have it,’ remember hands, face, space, fresh air, and keep West Sussex safe:

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and ideally warm running water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser or gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and you will meet people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
  • Fresh air – letting in air by opening a window can disperse Covid-19 particles, while fresh air outdoors dilutes the virus and you have more space to physically distance

Symptom-free Covid-19 rapid test kits that can be used at home are now available.

From Friday 9 April, home testing is being made available as part of a government drive to encourage everyone who does not have coronavirus symptoms to get tested twice a week. Visit our website for information on how to access tests.

If you test positive you must self-isolate immediately, along with everyone in your household. As soon as possible, but within two days, you should also book a follow-up PCR test.

If when you take a PCR test within two days of the positive rapid test result, and the PCR result is negative, you will no longer be required to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is positive you must self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day you took the PCR test.

If you test negative this does not completely rule out infection with COVID-19, as there can be false negative results. To protect yourself and others, you must continue to follow the current restrictions in place and remember: hands, face, space, fresh air.

Full details on testing, plus how to access financial support if you need to self-isolate, is on the West Sussex County Council website.

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Thank you for your support and let’s continue to do all we can. Stop the spread of coronavirus. Act like you have it. #KeepWestSussexSafe.

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