Covid-19 cases reach a new peak in Telford & Wrekin
Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have reached the highest number of weekly cases since the pandemic began.
There were 984 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (12 July – 18 July), 483 more than the previous seven-day period.
Health leaders are asking people to be responsible and think of others while enjoying their freedoms.
For the week ending 18 July, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 984 Covid-19 cases reported, 501 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 547 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 548 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 532 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• No residents have 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 14 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 21 July.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"For the benefit of others, we should continue to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly, keeping space from others, and wearing masks.
"Bed occupancy has increased slightly, and with the hospitals busy already this will place a strain on our local hospitals.
"More than half of the people in hospital with Coronavirus have not been vaccinated.
"This stresses how important it is for people to be vaccinated.
"Those who have been vaccinated can still fall ill but hopefully not seriously, so be conscientious of others - this is still a virus you want to avoid catching and spreading.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
"Our cases are now the highest they have been in Telford & Wrekin, and we must acknowledge that hospitalisation is also beginning to increase.
"So please be cautious, practice hands, face, space, and wear a mask where you think it is appropriate."
"I would also strongly encourage people to get vaccinated - the vaccine is key to ensuring that we can keep people out of local hospitals.
"There are now several walk-in vaccination sites open across Telford and Wrekin.
"No appointment is required, and you don't need to be registered with a local GP."
Information about walk-in vaccination clinics is updated continuously online. Find out opening times and eligibility of walk-in clinics.