Where the three key Covid-19 hotspot areas in Derbyshire currently are

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 1:35pm

By Eddie Bisknell, Local Democracy Reporter @EddieBisk

Nearly 20 local areas within Derbyshire and Derby had 20 or more new cases of Covid-19 in the most recent week.

The rate of new cases across the county and city has been surging over the past month, with around a third of Derbyshire’s population now in tier two lockdown restrictions.

Areas free of extra restrictions are following closely behind and it is expected that some will be plunged into tier two within the next few days.

A map published by the Government allows us to take a more detailed look at our districts and boroughs to see exactly where the new cases are being reported.

Cases are grouped into local areas based on population groupings of around 7,500, which is why they do not mimic council ward boundaries.

There are three key hotspot areas within Derbyshire which have a particularly concentrated number of Covid-19 cases.

These are Glossopdale – which was put into tier two restrictions last week and the only sub-district areas in England to have had this done – alongside Long Eaton in Erewash and Dronfield in North East Derbyshire.

Each of these borders a highly virulent metropolitan area which is either in tier three restrictions or is about to be.

Glossopdale abuts Tameside in Greater Manchester, which is now in tier three; Dronfield adjoins Sheffield which will be in tier three from tomorrow (Saturday, October 23); and Long Eaton connects to Nottinghamshire.

Glossopdale’s four local areas: Hadfield East & Tintwistle (16 cases); Hadfield West & Gamesley (33 cases); Dinting, Simmondley & Charlesworth (33 cases); and Glossop (46 cases) have combined for 128 new cases in the week to October 16.

Glossop is the only local area with more than 40 cases in the whole of Derbyshire and Derby and Hadfield West & Gamesley and Dinting Simmondley & Charlesworth join it as the only areas to have surpassed 30 cases.

The four Long Eaton areas: Long Eaton South (23 cases); Long Eaton North (21 cases); Long Eaton Town (21 cases); and Long Eaton West (16 cases) have totalled 81 cases together in the most recent week.

Dronfield’s three local areas: Dronfield South & Gosforth Lane (27 cases); Dronfield Woodhouse & Holmesfield (24 cases); and Dronfield Town & Unstone have combined for 74 cases in the week to October 16.

There were 1,975 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Derbyshire in the week October 13-19, nearly double the number it saw two weeks before (September 25 to October 5) when it had 1,057 cases.

Of the 1,975 cases in Derbyshire, 429 were in Derby, nearly double the number it saw two weeks before, when it had 225 cases.

Data for more recent days is still subject to change and is not yet fully reliable, for example, cases reported today may be spread evenly over three days – to the day those cases occurred.

Comparisons to the peak of the pandemic for community cases of Covid are not possible due to there being no community testing programme at the time.

Derbyshire surpassed 300 cases in a day for the first time on October 19 with 381 new cases reported.

For comparison, on October 1 the county as a whole saw 146 new cases – less than half.

Here are each of the Derbyshire local areas which have seen 20 or more new Covid-19 cases in the week to October 16:

Glossop – 46

Hadfield West & Gamesley – 33

Dinting, Simmondley & Charlesworth – 33

Clowne & Barlborough – 31

Sandiacre & Stanton – 29

Little Chester – 29

Dronfield South & Gosforth Lane – 27

Heanor South & Shipley Park – 27

Hallam Fields & Greenwood Avenue – 27

Chellaston East – 26

Chellaston West & Shelton Lock – 24

Dronfield Woodhouse & Holmesfield – 24

North Wingfield & Pilsley – 23

Dronfield Town & Unstone – 23

Long Eaton South – 23

Oakwood – 22

Long Eaton North – 21

Long Eaton Town – 21

Littleover East & Heatherton – 20

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