Telford and Wrekin – still with the highest Covid-19 infection rate in West Midlands

The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin remains high but has slightly decreased in the last week, latest figures show, following five weeks of being on an ascending trend.

Telford and Wrekin – still with the highest Covid-19 infection rate in West Midlands

Telford and Wrekin borough still has the highest Covid-19 infection rates in West Midlands and is placed the 4th highest nationally. 

There were 747 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (6-12 September), 91 less than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 12 September, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 747 Covid-19 cases reported,  81 less compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 412 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 320 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 286 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been three further deaths reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 273)
• There were 40 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 15 September. 

Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“It’s really worrying that in the last two weeks our borough has been recording the highest Covid-19 infection rate in West Midlands.

“We are seeing in particular younger, working age people getting the virus, many of those haven’t been vaccinated.

“We cannot stress enough the importance for everyone eligible to get their vaccinations without delay.

"There are still around 29,600 people in our borough who are eligible for vaccines now and who haven't received their first dose. 

“If you have any vaccination concerns, please speak with your GP or with the clinicians at a walk-in clinic.

"Several Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics continue to be available across the borough - no appointment needed. Or you can book your own vaccination slot on the NHS website.”

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: 

"Living with the virus does not mean carrying on as if the virus doesn’t exist.

“Even if you have been double vaccinated, help keep life moving in Telford and Wrekin.

“Hands–face-space and fresh air, checking for covid regularly with rapid tests at home and getting a PCR test immediately if you have symptoms, however mild – these should all be part of everyone’s normal routine.

“We are also asking all parents and carers to please not send their children to school if they are not feeling well and to book a PCR test even if they are experiencing mild symptoms. 

“Also secondary school students should continue to test twice a week even if they are feeling well."