COVID-19 rate “nearly doubles” in over 60s, Council reports

Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC) published Telford & Wrekin’s coronavirus figures for the week ending 8 November 2020 yesterday. There were 600 confirmed cases last week, compared to 443 cases in the week ending 1 November. That is a 34% increase overall, but TWC is most concerned about the rate of infection in over 60s – which has “nearly doubled”, it says.

The coronavirus figures for Telford & Wrekin for the week ending 8 November 2020 showed that:

  • 600 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 334 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands the average is 326 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For England the average is 254 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • Infection rates in the over 60s in Telford and Wrekin are now 272 per 100,000 and higher than the regional average – an increase of 91% on the previous week
  • Sadly, 2 people have died from Covid-19 in PRH in the past week (bringing the total deaths to 108).
  • There are currently 47 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals

The NHS says that being over the age of 60 can increase the risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

“If the rates of infection in the over 60s continues to rise then we can expect more people to be admitted to hospital putting a strain on local NHS resources, and sadly more deaths,” said Liz Noakes, Director of Public Health, in TWC’s Newsroom post.

The Council is encouraging people to stay at home and limit contact with others as much as they can during the second lockdown.

“We know that this virus spreads primarily through families and social contact,” Liz Noakes said. “During this second lockdown, we need to be doing all we can to stay at home and to limit contact with others.”

The Council urges people to self-isolate if they display any of the three main symptoms, and to book a coronavirus test as soon as possible.

“It has never been easier to get a test,” Liz Noakes continued. “With seven sites in the borough that people can drive or walk to get tested, and plenty of capacity, you should be able to get a slot on the same day you book.”

You can book a test 24/7 online, or by calling 119.”

In the meantime, remember to keep social distancing, keep washing your hands, and avoid touching your face. NHS England has a full list of steps you can take to help stop the spread of the virus.

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