Rise in Covid cases continues in Telford and Wrekin
The number of new coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin has again increased in the last week and continues to be well above the national and regional average, the latest figures show.
There were 1,077 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (15-21 November), 117 more than the previous seven-day period.
For the week ending 21 November, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 1,077 new Covid-19 cases reported, 117 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 594 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 416 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 428 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been three 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 293)
• There were 39 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 24 November
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
“Cases are rising again rapidly across Telford and Wrekin, with our borough being ranked the highest in infection rates in West Midlands.
“Most people catch Covid-19 from those they spend most time with (a family member, friend or workmate) and can pass it on without even knowing.
“With winter and festive season approaching, it’s ever so important that you take a rapid test in particular before visiting people who are at higher risk of illness if they were infected with Covid.
“Testing before meeting others more vulnerable will give you peace of mind that you’re not spreading the virus and that you can take action in time, if you test positive.
“Get tested also if you’re going to a venue or an event that is likely to be crowded – it re-assures you that you are not infectious and able to spread the virus.
“Wearing a face covering in busy places and refreshing air at home when visitors are around are also simple things everyone can do to help bring the infection down.
“Thank you for your efforts to keep our community Covid safe.”
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added:
“I strongly urge everyone to get the Covid vaccinations they are eligible for without delay – to protect themselves, their loved ones and more vulnerable people in our community this winter, also during the countdown to Christmas.
“To make it easier to get your vaccinations done, walk-in clinics continue to take place across the borough, no appointment needed.
“If you are heading to the Telford Town Centre or to Christmas market this weekend, why not pop into Southwater on Saturday, 27 September, between 11am and 3pm (for boosters, 12-15 year olds vaccination, 1st and 2nd doses).
“Other clinics are also available in Wellington (Telford and Wrekin Interfaith Council Building – on Friday, 26 November, 11.30am-3.30pm) and in Donnington (Turreff Hall) and Woodside (Woodside Pharmacy) – check all the locations, dates and time for local walk-in clinics.
“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.
“Christmas is a time to spend with each other, the best gift we can give to our loved ones is to keep them protected – let’s all do all we can for this! “