Cases rise ahead of restrictions lifting in Telford & Wrekin
Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have risen for the seventh week running, the latest figures show.
There were 492 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (5 July – 11 July), four more than the previous seven-day period.
Early indications are that cases are spiking for the week ending 18 July, so there is no levelling of cases in Telford and Wrekin.
With restrictions easing across the borough on 19 July, health leaders are asking people to be responsible and think of others while enjoying their freedoms.
For the week ending 12 July, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 492 Covid-19 cases reported, four more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 274 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 353 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 357 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, one resident has died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (the total borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 262)
• There were eight patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 11 July.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"From next week, we will be living with Coronavirus without restrictions, but our responsibilities do not come to an end.
"For the benefit of others, we should continue to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly, keeping space from others, and wearing masks.
"Now is not the time to throw your mask into the bin.
"Although cases have not risen significantly this week, we can already see early indications that local cases are spiking for next week.
"There is a slight increase in bed occupancy at local hospitals, and sadly, we recorded our first local death for several months.
"The virus continues to cause real harm, and so we should continue to be careful.
"You still need to keep your guard up, even if you have been vaccinated – to protect yourself and your loved ones."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
"Although restrictions will lift on 19 July, Telford and Wrekin Council continues to work hard to protect and care for our residents.
"Our focus is on encouraging people to get vaccinated, as well as slowing the spread of the virus and containing local outbreaks through our Health Protection Hub.
"More walk-in vaccination sites are opening in Telford and Wrekin, such as in Donnington, Malinslee and Wellington.
"No appointment is required, and you don't need to be registered with a local GP.
"It is sad to see our first local death for several months now, and it serves as a reminder that this virus has not gone away.
"So please be cautious, practice hands, face, space, and take up the offer of vaccination, not just to protect you, but those around you as well."
Information about walk-in vaccination clinics is updated continuously online. Find out opening times and eligibility of walk-in clinics.