Covid-19 cases continue their rise in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin is rising for the third week in a row, latest figures show.
There were 656 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (16-22 August), 51 more than the previous seven-day period.
For the week ending 22 August, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 656 Covid-19 cases reported, 51 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 362 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 329 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 329 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there has been one further death reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 265)
• There were 27 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 25 August.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
"In our local hospitals, we are consistently seeing several patients with Covid-19 many of whom have not been fully vaccinated.
"The vaccination is the best way we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting seriously ill.
"So, get vaccinated if you haven't done so already.
"A great place to get your vaccination is at the walk-in clinic at the balloon festival this weekend.
"There also continues to be several walk-in vaccination clinics across the borough - no appointment needed.
“If you prefer, you can still book your own vaccination slot on the NHS website.
"You can speak about any vaccination concerns at a walk-in clinic or with your GP."
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"Once again, another local person has lost their life because of Covid-19 in the last week.
"Infection rates are high and continuing to rise, and we expect this to continue once schools return.
"Coronavirus is still here, and we need to learn to live with it even after receiving a vaccination.
"So please, keep your guard up by continuing to check for covid regularly with rapid tests at home.
"Make sure you get a PCR test immediately if you have symptoms, however mild.
"Hands–face-space and fresh air remain helpful to prevent spread and avoiding others getting seriously ill.
"Even with a vaccination, there will be those who are more vulnerable to Coronavirus - and so we need to take steps to protect them."