Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has slightly decreased in the last week but remains high, latest figures show.

Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

Telford and Wrekin borough has the second highest Covid-19 infection rates in West Midlands and is placed eighth highest nationally. 

There were 734 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (13-19 September), 17 less than the previous seven-day period.

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

• 734 Covid-19 cases reported, 17 less compared to the previous week

• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 405 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 328 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 274 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• Sadly, there have been one 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 274)

• There were 36 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 22 September. 

Helen Onions, Telford and Wrekin's Deputy Statutory Director for Public Health, said: 

"Although we have had a decrease this last week, cases remain high in Telford and Wrekin.

"The number of cases in people aged 60 and over has decreased, however cases among the 0-19 age group have increased.

‘There are things you can do to help reduce the spread.

"Practice 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.

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

"There are still around 29,370 people in our borough who are eligible for vaccines now.  Please do book an appointment to receive your 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 vaccination slot on the NHS website."