COVID-19 cases continue to rise, says Council

COVID-19 cases in Telford & Wrekin have continued to rise for the third week in a row, says Telford & Wrekin Council (TWC).

According to figures released for the week ending 22 August 2021, there were 656 new cases reported, which is an increase of 51 over the previous week.

The figures show:

  • 656 Covid-19 cases reported, 51 more compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 362 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 329 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • For England, the seven-day infection rate is 329 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
  • Sadly, there has been one further death reported within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test (The total number of borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 265)
  • There were 27 patients with Covid-19 in local hospitals as of 25 August.

“In our local hospitals, we are consistently seeing several patients with Covid-19 many of whom have not been fully vaccinated,” Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said in a TWC Newsroom post. “The vaccination is the best way we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting seriously ill. So, get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already.”

He highlighted that there are walk-in vaccination clinics across the borough, where no appointment is necessary, while you can still book your own vaccination slot via the NHS if you prefer.

“Infection rates are high and continuing to rise, and we expect this to continue once schools return,” said Liz Noakes, Director for Public Health. “Coronavirus is still here, and we need to learn to live with it even after receiving a vaccination.

“So please, keep your guard up by continuing to check for COVID regularly with rapid tests at home.

“Make sure you get a PCR test immediately if you have symptoms, however mild,” she added.

The continuing advice is for people to to wash their hands regularly, wear masks, and to practice social distancing. NHS England has a full list of steps you can take to help stop the spread of the virus.

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