Covid-19 infection rate: again on the rise 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, the latest figures show.

Covid-19 infection rate: again on the rise in Telford and Wrekin

There were 951 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (8-14 November), 136 more than the previous seven-day period.

For the week ending 14 November, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 951 new Covid-19 cases reported, 136 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 525 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 364 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 387 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been six 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 290)
• There were 36 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 17 November 

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: 

“Covid infection rate continues to be at a very high level in our borough, mainly driven by a high number of cases in younger age groups (under 20s). 

“Small but important actions can help protect us and our loved ones against the virus and reduce the pressure on our local NHS. 

 “Wearing a face covering in crowded places, testing regularly even if you are feeling well, encouraging your secondary school child to test as well at least twice a week – all these can make a difference in bringing the spread down. 

“As we are approaching winter and meet more people inside, it's also important to use ventilation as an effective way to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at home.  Regularly opening windows, even if just for a few minutes, helps keep the air moving and prevent infections.

“Thank you to everyone in our borough for the efforts made to keep Covid safe.” 

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

“The Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, friends and family from the virus – that unfortunately caused further deaths in our borough in the last week.

 “Vaccination clinics continue to be open across the borough, it’s not too late to get your vaccine (either by appointment or walk-in) if you are eligible and if you haven’t done so already.

“To make it easier for people to have their Covid-19 vaccine, two additional walk-in clinics are taking place this Friday, 19 November and Saturday, 20 November.

• Friday 19 November, 11.30am-3.30pm - For boosters, 1st and 2nd doses, 12-15 year olds
Location: Telford and Wrekin Interfaith Council building, Wellington, TF1 1LU

• Saturday 20 November, 11am-4pm - 12-15 year olds
location: Floor 2 - Southwater One, Southwater Square, Southwater Way, TF3 4JG

“For young people aged 12-15 year olds, 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.”