Covid-19 cases continue their rise in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin is on the rise for the second week in a row, latest figures show.
There were 601 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (9-15 August), 143 more than the previous seven-day period.
For the week ending 15 August, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 601 Covid-19 cases reported, 143 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 332 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 313 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 309 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been two further deaths reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (bringing the total borough deaths since the start of the pandemic at 264)
• There were 19 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 18 August.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“In the last weeks, we are seeing a consistent number of patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals. Almost half of them have not been vaccinated despite being eligible, which is worrying.
“We are asking all residents who haven’t done so already, as well as 16 and 17 year olds (for whom the vaccination opened recently) to please get their first and second jab (with a gap of eight weeks) without delay.
“It is the best way they can protect themselves and their loved ones from getting seriously ill and helps reduce the spread.
“Walk-in to one of the local vaccination clinics in the borough, no appointment needed or simply book your vaccination on the NHS website.
“If you have any concerns about your vaccination, speak to your GP or if you come to a walk-in clinic, you can also have a friendly chat with a clinician prior to your vaccination. “
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
“Sadly, in the last weeks, another two local people have lost the battle with Covid-19.
“Infection rates are on the rise again in all age groups and are highest in those in their 20s.
“Again, we are appealing to people to please be cautious to avoid spreading the virus in the community.
“Many still believe that by getting vaccinated, they have played their part but unfortunately this is not the case.
“While the vaccine offers you the best protection and helps prevent you passing on the virus to others, it doesn’t stop this entirely. You might still contract the virus without knowing and give it to a more vulnerable friend, family member or work colleague.
“So please, don’t let your guard down after having your first or both doses of covid-19 vaccine, continue to check for covid regularly with rapid tests at home and get a PCR test immediately, if you have symptoms, however mild.
“Hands–Face-Space and Fresh Air should also be the norm by now, please keep to those even if you have had both jabs – to avoid getting other people seriously ill.
“Not everyone is equally protected against the virus - we need each of us to do their bit, so we can safely live together with Covid-19 and bring the numbers down as much as we can.
“Thank you to all our residents for their efforts on this.”