New Year sees local Covid cases and hospitalisations spike
Local Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations spike significantly, with the Omicron variant now dominant in Telford and Wrekin.
For the week ending 2 January, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 3,015 new Covid-19 cases reported, 1,403 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 1,663 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 1,692 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 1,761 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Sadly, there have been two further deaths been reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 304.
• There were 48 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 5 January, up from 25 patients on 29 December.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
“With Omicron sweeping across our country, our borough has reached a record high level of cases, with the number of Covid patients in local hospitals almost doubling compared to previous weeks.
“While Omicron might be mild for some people, we are seeing rising numbers admitted to hospital and the most poorly haven’t been vaccinated or had their boosters.
“So again, our plea for everyone who hasn’t done so already is to get their booster without delay or their first or second vaccination – walk-in or book your appointment at a local vaccination clinic.
“It isn’t just about protecting ourselves from severe illness, but also the others - the people we love, the more vulnerable people in our community and our health and care staff who are under strain.
“Thank you to everyone eligible who has come forward – so far, 77.5% of our residents eligible for the booster had theirs, which is great news.
“But we still need to ensure every single one in our community is protected as much as possible and our work will continue to get this done.”
Lab Cllr Kelly Middleton, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Well-Being, Equalities and Partnerships, added:
““Thank you to the vaccination teams, to our staff, partners, volunteers who have been tirelessly working throughout the festive season and into the new year to get the booster in the arms of everyone who came forward.
“It’s a tremendous work that continues at full speed - with vaccination centres continuing to be opened across the borough with extended hours and with our mobile vaccination bus (Betty) travelling to different parts of the borough to make it easier to people to get their jab closer to home.
“If you were waiting for Christmas to pass, then now is the time to come forward and get your booster.
“Let’s hope for a safer start in the new year as we continue to live with the virus.”