Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has increased in the last week and continues to be well above the national and regional average, latest figures show.

Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

As of 24 September, Telford and Wrekin is ranked 11th highest nationally in Covid-19 infection rates. 

There were 929 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (20-26 September), 185 more than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 26 September, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 929 new Covid-19 cases reported, 185 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 512 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 408 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 337 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been two 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 276)
• There were 29 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 28 September. 

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

"Covid-19 infection rates are increasingly high in our borough, with a high number of cases in particular in the under 20s - something that is happening all across the country.

“To keep education and family life moving in Telford and Wrekin, parents and carers are asked to book a PCR test where children are experiencing symptoms of Covid even if they are mild.  

“The government also recommends that secondary school students should continue to test twice a week even if they are feeling well.

“To help reduce the spread, there are simple things all of us can go. 

“Remember hands–face-space and fresh air, check for covid regularly with rapid tests at home if you are feeling well and get a PCR test immediately should you have symptoms, however mild.

“Thank you to everyone for making these part of their normal routine.”

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

"With local Covid-19 cases continuing to be worryingly high, it’s even more important to make sure you have your vaccinations.

“Over 127,000 people (aged 16+) in our borough have already received their first dose so make sure you join them if you haven’t had your vaccine yet – book your appointment on the NHS website or walk-in to a vaccination clinic (no appointment needed).

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