County and City councils publish Covid-19 Surveillance Reports

21 July 2020

Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City councils have today published their first Covid-19 Surveillance Reports.

The Surveillance Reports bring together information on cases of infection following tests carried out in hospitals an Public Health England laboratories (Pillar 1) and those carried out by commercial partner laboratories (Pillar 2).

These first reports set out the cumulative data from 21 February to 12 July 2020, with further reports due weekly. While the reports cover the cumulative data for the whole period, some of the illustrations refer to specific timescales within the overall time period.

In addition, some of the data look at the whole county and city, some are based on districts and some on Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs). MSOAs look at the data at neighbourhood level.

The data show that the rate of confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in both the County and the City is lower than the England average and had been continuing to reduce.

These data will help the County and City councils work with partners to respond to outbreaks and to suppress the spread of infection.

When looking at the data it is important to remember that the number of cases across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham is relatively small. In this context, caution should be exercised in over-interpreting the data about a few sporadic cases in a particular locality.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said:
"We are pleased to publish our reports to residents so that everyone understands the situation in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham. They show the number of cases we have across the county and the city, identifies where these cases have occurred at district level and within neighbourhoods, and it helps us in our work with partners to stop the spread.

"The figures show that the number of confirmed new cases continues to decline in the county and we know that this is also the case in Nottingham city. This is positive news, but we can't afford to be complacent.

"To keep our rates lower than many other areas of England, it remains critical that every individual, household and business plays their part. The way to stop the spread is by observing social distancing of two metres wherever possible - and one metre with the necessary extra precautions where two metres is not possible, frequent and rigorous hand washing, self-isolating immediately if you or anyone in your household has symptoms and by following other measures as directed.

"I'm grateful to people in Nottinghamshire for the way they have continued to follow the guidance. By sticking to the guidance, we are protecting our family, friends and community."

Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health at Nottingham City said:
"Having access to local data is important for us to monitor Covid-19 cases across our many different neighbourhoods and communities. Publishing the data means that people can have a better idea of how many people have tested positive in their area.

"We are committed to working with partners to monitor Covid-19 and to be ready to respond if any outbreaks occur. We can make the best decisions for our local citizens based on our local knowledge and expertise.

"So far, we have not seen the levels of Covid-19 experienced in other parts of the country. That is down to the way everyone has played their part in helping to manage the outbreak by staying home, hand-hygiene and observing social distancing. We need everyone to continue to help us with this to keep our city and its people safe."

The data published today include:

  • cases on a weekly basis
  • moving average of cases per day
  • number of Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 cases for 21 February to 12 July, and the number of cases for the week 6 - 12 July
  • media age for both Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 cases
  • Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 cases on a district basis for the entire period (21 February to 12 July)
  • cumulative cases for each district
  • the rate of cumulative cases per 100,000 population in each district, compared with the England average
  • Confirmed cases for the top 20 Middle Super Output Areas
  • Confirmed cases per 100,000 population for the top 20 Middle Super Output Areas.

To see a copy of the County Council Surveillance Report, go to https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/local-outbreak-plan/notts-county-covid-19-outbreak-control-engagement-board and to see the City Council's Surveillance Report go to
https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-surveillance-reports/

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