Covid-19 infection rate again on the rise in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has increased in the last week and continues to be above the national and regional average, the latest figures show.
As of 10 October, Telford and Wrekin is ranked 3rd highest in Covid-19 infection rates in West Midlands.
There were 952 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (4-10 October), 88 more than the previous seven-day period.
For the week ending 10 October, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 952 new Covid-19 cases reported, 88 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 525 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 425 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 380 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• No further deaths have been reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 278)
• There were 22 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 13 October
Helen Onions, Telford and Wrekin's Acting Statutory Director for Public Health, said:
"Covid-19 infection rate continues to remain highest in the under 20s.
“To keep education and family life moving in Telford and Wrekin, we need everyone’s help.
“Some practical things you can do to reduce the spread of the virus, even if you have been vaccinated include:
•If your child has Covid symptoms, however mild, please keep them off school and book a PCR test
•Check for Covid at least twice a week at home with lateral flow tests, even if you are feeling well.
•Book a PCR test if you have any symptoms, however mild.
•If a member of your household has Covid, book a PCR test for all other members of the household, even if they are feeling well.
•Remember hands–face-space and fresh air.
"Thank you to everyone for making these part of their routine.
“Let’s all continue to keep life moving in our borough.”
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“The vaccine has clearly been shown to reduce the risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19, it is safe and effective.
“With over 130,000 people in our borough already having at least their first jab, the number of patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals has been maintained at a low level in the last weeks, despite local cases increasing.
“Don’t delay getting your vaccination - book your appointment on the NHS website or walk-in to a vaccination clinic (no appointment needed).
“Anyone eligible for a Covid booster vaccine (a minimum of six months after their second dose) can now drop in to one of our walk-in clinic sites at Woodside Pharmacy or at Turreff Hall in Donnington.
“No appointment needed for the booster vaccine at the walk-in clinics but people should bring their invitation letter, text or email received from NHS as proof of eligibility.”