Over 1,000 Covid-19 cases in Telford and Wrekin in the past week

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

Over 1,000 Covid-19 cases in Telford and Wrekin in the past week

As of 17 October, Telford and Wrekin is ranked 2nd highest in Covid-19 infection rates in the West Midlands. 

There were 1,053 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (11-17 October), 101 more than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 17 October, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 1,053 new Covid-19 cases reported, 101 more compared to the previous week

• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 581 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 456 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 462 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• No further deaths have been 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 32 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 20 October 

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

"Covid-19 infection rates in Telford and Wrekin have been increasingly high for several weeks now, although our 11% increase this week is lower than the national 20% increase in rates. 

"We can keep life moving in Telford and Wrekin and reduce pressure on our local NHS by doing some small practical things.

"Regular hand washing, wearing face masks, keeping distance from others and using ventilation and fresh air are simple, everyday things we can do.

"Regular testing is essential, so check for Covid at least twice a week at home with lateral flow tests, even if you are feeling well.

"If your child has Covid symptoms, however mild, please keep them off school and book a PCR test.

"Book a PCR test if you have any symptoms, however mild.  

"If a member of your household has Covid, book a PCR test for other household members, even if they are feeling well. 

"Make sure to isolate when asked by NHS test and trace, or when you are unwell.

"Thank you to everyone for making these part of their normal routine - these actions save lives and protect everyone."

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

"The vaccine clearly shows that it reduces people's risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19 - it is safe and effective.

"Each vaccine helps to prevent serious illness, reduces the risk of needing a hospital stay and slows the spread of the virus.

"The best things you can do to stay healthy and keep loved ones safe is to get your Covid-19 vaccination and booster.

"Over 130,000 people in our borough have already had their first jab, and we are doing everything we can to vaccinate more.

"Don't delay getting your vaccination - book your appointment on the NHS website or walk-in to a vaccination clinic (no appointment needed).

"You can go and get your Covid-19 booster if you had your second dose at least six months ago (182 days) - no need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

"Drop-in now to one of our walk-in clinic sites at Woodside Pharmacy or at Turreff Hall in Donnington or book an appointment via the National Booking Service to get your Covid-19 booster. 

"If you prefer to be vaccinated at your GP surgery or primary care network, please wait to be contacted.

“We are working with the local NHS to rollout vaccinations for 12-15 year olds as soon as possible.”