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This is an update for all members of Rother District Council, Town and Parish councils and local MPs.

Latest Covid-19 cases update 

  • The rate of infection across East Sussex has reduced from 42 to 19 per 100,000 and the number of cases almost halved from 236 to 107
  • All District and Borough areas have seen a significant reduction in rates of infection
  • Hastings has the highest rate of infection of District and Borough areas at 31 per 100,000 just ahead Lewes which has a rate of 27 per 100,000, Rother's rate is 10 per 100,000
  • Last week saw an increase in rates of infection in working age males in Hastings and this has not reduced
Do remember, the road out of lockdown is led by data, not dates, it is important people continue to stick to the rules. For more information read the ’Roadmap out of lockdown’ article in Your East Sussex which explains each stage. The article also includes advice for those who may be feeling anxious about lockdown easing, and signposting to local mental health support.

You can read more on the East Sussex County Council website.

Symptom-free testing for anyone that needs to leave home

Community testing for Covid-19 in people with no symptoms is now on offer in East Sussex, including for anyone who needs to leave home to work, to volunteer or care for someone else.

Tests can be booked at several community pharmacies in Sussex, or at dedicated testing sites in Brighton and Hove. 

One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms and can spread the virus without knowing. Community testing allows people who feel well to check for infection so they can self-isolate if the test is positive, helping life to return to close to normal as quickly as possible. 

If you have no symptoms but regularly need to leave home to work, care or volunteer and are not already covered by another testing programme, you can book tests now.

There are other ways to get regular symptom-free testing if you are in one of these groups:

Full information about getting tested in East Sussex, including where to book if you do have symptoms, is available at

Vaccinations now available for everyone 55+ 

Everyone aged between 55 and 59  in East Sussex is now being contacted with the offer of a vaccination against the virus.  The life-saving jab can be given at a time and place convenient for you.

When you receive a letter it will invite you to go online to the national booking service to arrange this. If anyone is not able to go online, they can call 119 free of charge.

More information about the NHS vaccination programme in Sussex

Carers asked to register ready for their jab

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without your support?

If you’re not already in contact with local carers services or registered with your GP as a carer, you can register to be updated on getting a COVID vaccination once information is available:

Register your details as a carer

If you’re aged 18 or over and in receipt of Carers Allowance, or registered with your GP as a carer, you can book your vaccination appointment directly. For more information, visit: Vaccination for carers, frequent questions

Financial support for businesses

Business grants are still available for businesses required to close due to the pandemic. The discretionary grant scheme is also still open and now includes help for our small and micro businesses who have seen a major reduction in their income during the current lockdown. Please encourage businesses in your areas to check the information on our website to see if they are eligible. 

Businesses can stay up to date by visiting the Information for Businesses web page.

Read our press release on the expansion of the discretionary grant scheme. 

Help and support

Coronavirus community support
If someone is in need of support due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local volunteers, the community hub and East Sussex County Council are on hand to help. Find out about Community Support on our website.

Rough sleepers
Anyone concerned about someone who is sleeping rough in Rother should let us know via Streetlink

Useful links

Get the latest information on help and support and service disruption from Rother District Council
Get the latest information on the Covid-19 help and support available from East Sussex County Council 
Check if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and book a test
Stay up to date with the Sussex Covid-19 vaccination programme by visiting the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website

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