Covid-19 cases continue to rise
The latest local COVID-19 figures for Telford and Wrekin have been published.
For the week ending 1 November, in Telford and Wrekin the situation is:
- 443 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
- The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 246 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
- For the West Midlands the average is 269 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
- For England the average is 228 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
- 7 cases relate to care homes
- 26 cases relate to educational settings
- At least 13 cases are students relating to Harper Adams
- The remaining people are in the community across the borough
- Infection rates are now highest among those in their 30s, 40s and 50s and continuesto rise in the over 60s
- 3 people have died from covid-19 in the past week
- There are currently 43 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals
The rate of growth in cases has slowed during the last week, increasing by 11% compared to the previous week but the virus continues to spread in all age groups.
The number of cases among students at Harper Adams University is continuing to fall.
The total number of deaths during October is 11 – which is higher than the position for last June.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin’s Director of Public Health, said: “While the spread of the virus has slowed it is still increasing- we know these numbers do not give the full picture of the spread of the virus as people aren’t always getting tested.
“Of particular concern, is that the infection rate in the over 60s - that is about 150 per 100,000 -continues to increase – these are the age groups we need to keep safe.
“It is important to note that the virus is highest in those in their 30s, 40s and 50s – everyone needs to be watchful and ensure they don’t pass on the virus to older and other vulnerable members of their family.
“The way to fight the spread of the virus is to isolate and get tested as soon as you have any of the three key coronavirus symptoms, however mild. You should isolate immediately once you have symptoms.
“There are several sites in the borough that people can drive or walk to get tested, capacity has increased, and there are lots of slots for people to get tested – it’s never been easier to get a test.
“You can book a test 24/7 online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.”
“if you test positive it is critical you and your contacts isolate”
Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The council is working round the clock to support our residents, businesses and communities as much as we can while new national restrictions are in place.
“Over the next few weeks we need to look after those who need our help the most, so let’s protect our loved ones and drive down the infection rate.
“We have all made huge sacrifices over the past months to support others, we must do so again now to bring the infection rate down in time for Christmas."
More detail on local Coronavirus figures can be found on our website.