Covid-19 Cases Rising

Please take heed of the really important message from the Director of Public Health below. There is a growing number of Covid-19 cases in the city. There has been a new alert level, using a traffic light system to closely follow infection rates. It is up to us all to continue to be vigilant and do our bit in ensuring transmission is kept as low as possible. Of course a whole lot of the current problems we are facing is because of the testing fiasco. I’ve written more here in Brighton and Hove News and will be writing in my column in the Argus about the problems associated with the test and trace system. To this end on Sunday I also wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, insisting that Brighton and Hove deserves safe, locally led track and trace and asking for track and trace resources to be diverted to council public health teams, not failing Serco and Sitel. Thank you to the hundreds who have written to me about this important issue. https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/covid-19-alert-level-and-guidance-cityCity tidy upHannah and I took to the streets of the city centre on Monday morning where the grime and graffiti is very bad and worked with council teams removing graffiti, stickers from lampposts, and de-greasing the pavements. The tidy up continues closer to home and Hannah and I are wanting to litter pick every street in the ward over the next few weeks. We have already targeted a number of areas. Next in our sights is Lansdowne Place at 5PM on Friday to litter pick. You’d be very welcome to join us, Cityclean can provide tools to help. Table below with our remaining community litter picks which are part of Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy, running for the next 2 weeks. More here. I was out with residents in Palmeira Square tidying up on Sunday and it was a brilliant effort. Holland Road lamppostsOur work for you in the ward obviously continues too- in the past week we have dealt with noise complaints, problems with pavements, parking, planning queries, commercial bins, dilapidated bikes, anti-social behaviour, helping residents have disabled bays installed, raising environmental health complaints on behalf of residents. For residents on Holland Road I raised how dark the street is at night and reported two missing lamps. When contractors attended to install a new bracket and lantern it was discovered that the section of the columns that the bracket is installed on to is damaged beyond repair. This means that sadly the council will no longer be able to use the cast iron columns at these locations, and steel replacements are on order with contractors told to undertake this work as soon as they are able to, however apparently works of this nature usually take in excess of 6 weeks to complete. I am trying to get this period brought down. If there are street lighting issues on your street please report to us and cc Daniel.McParland@brighton-hove.gov.ukAs ever, if you have any queries please do contact us at our email above. FINALLYThe virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people. Please continue to stay vigilant to stay safe and continue to follow guidelines• Keep your distance from people outside of your household• Keep your hands and face as clean as possible• Use hand sanitiser when outside your home• Avoid crowded spaces• Wear face masks or face coverings in enclosed spaces• Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:a high temperaturea new, continuous cougha loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or tasteYours sincerelyPhélimCouncillor Phélim Mac CaffertyLeader of the Council Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City CouncilChair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture CommitteeMember of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.ukHove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ@phelimmachttp://www.brighton-hove.gov.ukFrom: Corporate Email Broadcast <Corporate.EmailBroadcast@brighton-hove.gov.uk> Sent: 17 September 2020 10:37Subject: Important message from Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health on the current rate of Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove Dear colleagues,Yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) we introduced an escalation framework, using a traffic light system – from green to yellow, amber and red – to keep everyone in the city, including staff, up-to-date about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove and how we can all help to prevent the spread of infection. Starting this week the city’s status will be updated weekly on a new Current Alert Level and Guidance web page. The current alert level in Brighton & Hove is yellow. This means confirmed cases are increasing, so please visit the webpage to learn more about what this means. As needed in the future, we will also highlight groups and settings that are particularly affected on this webpage so people can make extra efforts to reduce their risk. I’m asking everyone to keep playing their part and follow the guidance. To slow the virus we all need to step up physical distancing, wear face coverings where advised, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’. Please share this information with your colleagues, friends and families and with anyone who you think would find it useful.We will be sending you a regular email updating you on the latest situation, please look out for it in your in-boxes and consider printing and giving it to staff who don’t have regular access to a council computer or email.Thank you for your support and the actions you are taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19.Alistair HillDirector of Public HealthBrighton & Hove City Council DATE TIME LOCATION 11.9.20 4PM Cambridge, Brunswick, York and Norfolk Roads 12.9.20 1PM Brunswick Square, Terrace, Brunswick St East and West and Upper and Lower Market Street 13.9.20 10AM-1:30PM Palmeira Sq, Adelaide Crescent 18.9.20 5PM Lansdowne Place, Lansdowne Street, Holland Road, Farm Road 20.9.20 11:30AM Beach 25.9.20 4PM Waterloo, Cross, Farman, Little Western and Western Streets

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