Decreasing but still high Covid-19 infection rates 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.

Decreasing but still high Covid-19 infection rates in Telford and Wrekin

As of 31 October, Telford and Wrekin is ranked the highest in Covid-19 infection rates in the West Midlands. 

There were 941 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (25-31 October), 160 less than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 31 October, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 941 new Covid-19 cases reported, 160 less compared to the previous week

• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 519 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 387 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 410 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 now 280)

• There were 57 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 3 November 

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

“It is too early to confirm that Covid cases are dropping in Telford and Wrekin.

“In the last weeks, cases were highest in the under 20s. Due to the half-term holiday, testing has dropped and thus fewer cases were reported.

“We are yet to see the impact of schools’ return. 

“Our health protection hub is continuing to work closely with all borough schools to take proactive steps to reduce the spread of infection and minimise disruption to education. 

“Schools will directly inform parents and carers of any additional Covid measures, if there is the need for these to be implemented at their premises.

“Although cases dropped in the last week, what’s particularly worrying is the significant number of patients in local hospitals (57 Covid patients as of 3 Nov compared to 38 patients as of 27 October).

“We are appealing to everyone to help keep life moving in Telford and Wrekin and reduce pressure on our local NHS.

“Small actions make such a big difference and can avoid someone becoming seriously ill and in hospital.

“Even if you have had your Covid vaccinations, please continue to check for Covid regularly at home with lateral flow tests, book a PCR test if you have any symptoms and remember hands-face-space and fresh air. 

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

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

"Each and every vaccine helps to prevent serious illness, reduces the risk of hospitalisation and slows down the spread of the virus.

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

"If you are age 50 or over (or meet other eligibility conditions) and had your second dose at least six months (182 ago), you can get your Covid-19 booster - no need to wait to be contacted for it. 

“Vaccination pop-up clinics are open this week also for 12-15 year olds. Two pop-up clinics specifically for this age group will take place this Friday, 5 November (3pm-4.30pm) and Saturday, 6 November (1pm-4.30pm) at the second floor in Southwater One. 

“Parents need to accompany their child to the clinic. Please be aware that vaccines will be given on a first come, first served basis and clinics may close early if all allocated vaccine has been used.”

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