Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

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

Covid-19 infection rate remains high in Telford and Wrekin

As of 3 October, Telford and Wrekin is ranked 12th highest nationally in Covid-19 infection rates. 

There were 863 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (27 September - 3 October), 73 fewer than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 3 October, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 863 new Covid-19 cases reported, 73 fewer compared to the previous week

• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 476 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 395 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 331 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 278)

• There were 26 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 6 October. 

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

"Covid-19 infection remains high in our borough, and in a similar pattern seen across the country the rates are highest in the under 20s.

"There are things parents and young people can do to help keep education and family life moving in Telford and Wrekin.

"If your child is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild, we ask you to book a PCR test.  

"The government also recommends that secondary school students should do a rapid test twice a week even if they are feeling well.

"There are simple things all of us can do to reduce the spread in Telford and Wrekin.

"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 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.

"The vaccine significantly reduces your chance of becoming severely ill with Coronavirus. 

"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."