Covid-19 cases continue to drop in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin continues its decrease, the latest figures show.
There were 19 new cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (17 May – 23 May), six fewer than the previous seven-day period.
The borough's infection rate is lower than the regional and national average.
For the week ending 23 May, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 19 Covid-19 cases reported, six fewer compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 11 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 16 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 24 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• One resident has unfortunately died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (bringing the total borough deaths to 258 since the start of the pandemic)
• There is one patient with Covid-19 in the local hospital, as of 22 May
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "Our cases continue to be low, which is great news.
"However, the virus is still with us and local outbreaks might continue to happen. When they do, we need to act quickly, together with the community affected, to promptly contain every outbreak through immediate isolation of positive cases, testing and enhanced contact tracing.
“This is what’ve done following the recent confirmation of a small number of cases with one of the Indian variants in Newport.
“This outbreak has been well contained and the Newport community also played an important part in reducing the risk of it spreading further.
“I would like to thank everyone who responded to our call for getting a PCR test as a precaution. Over 1,200 tests were done at the new PCR testing site in Newport in the last week and PCR testing kits have also been delivered by secondary schools in the area to families.
“It takes time for all test results to be analysed in the testing lab and for Public Health England to confirm whether there are any variants present - as such, we will be able to update more on this in the coming weeks.
“Following Newport community testing, we haven’t had so far any escalation in positive cases which again re-assures us that the outbreak is well-managed.
“To eliminate any risk and as a precaution, we continue to strongly encourage all secondary-school aged children in Newport, their extended families and support bubbles to have a PCR test, if they haven’t had one already in the last week - even if they show no symptoms and even if the adults in the families have been vaccinated.
“The walk through testing centre located at Shuker Playing Fields, Sports and Social Club, Barnmeadow Road, TF10 7TP continues to be open until Saturday, 29 May – 11am-6pm weekdays and 9am-3pm on Saturday, 29 May.
“No appointments needed, just turn up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You do not need to self isolate while waiting for the results.
“Each test helps us to track and stop the spread of the virus."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“Together, if we all continue to check for Covid regularly even if we have no symptoms and even if we have been vaccinated - we can keep the cases low in our borough and the virus under control.
“A big thank you to everyone in our borough for playing their part – together we can live safely with Covid-19 and be on track to get back to normal.”