Coronavirus


No Room For Complacency As Numbers Rise

posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:31 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

For the week ending 20th September, in Telford & Wrekin there has been:

  • 36 confirmed cases of Covid-19
  • 20 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • 7 cases related to care homes
  • 9 cases related to educational settings

Compared to last week the number of cases has increased. Our numbers locally remain below the West Midlands and England average.

The number of confirmed cases we have had in the past week is the highest we have had since community testing began at the end of May – our numbers are going in the wrong direction.

It is likely that these numbers are an underestimate, some results for testing are taking longer to come back due to limited lab testing capacity.

There is no room for complacency, but if we all play our part then we can get these numbers down.

Thank you to all our residents who have practised hands, face, space, the rule of six, and followed the guidance on when to get tested and when to self-isolate.

Please also ensure when you are wearing a face covering that you remember to continue to wash your hands and give people space.

At the other end of the M54 we have an area where additional restrictions have been put in place to control the virus.

Here In Telford & Wrekin no additional restrictions have been imposed and people not part of our household bubble are able to visit ourselves so long as the rule of six is observed – let’s keep it that way.


Numbers Not Going Up - Or Down

posted Sep 17, 2020, 12:44 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

For the week ending 13th September, in Telford & Wrekin there has been:

  • 22 confirmed cases of Covid-19
  • 4 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population

Compared to last week the number of cases remain at similar levels, particularly as results continue to be reported with at least 4 confirmed cases for the Monday of this week (SEPT 14).

It is not clear that the numbers are moving in the right direction.

We need to continue to play our part to get these numbers down. That way we can keep Telford & Wrekin open for business and protect our friends and family.

To prevent the spread remember, hands, face, space, and the rule of six. You also need to follow the guidance on when to get tested and when to self-isolate.

When to get tested

Getting a test has been a problem for many.

If you have problems booking our advice is to try again a few hours later.

A lack of lab testing capacity at the national level means that people are struggling to book a slot at the Ironbridge testing site, which is run by Department for Health and Social Care.

 With demand for testing high, we want to re-iterate the existing guidance:

  • If you have covid symptoms, you must get a test.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.

Get a test if you have one of:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Dial 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus to book a test.

If you can’t get a test in suitable location – then we have been told that you should try again in a few hours.

When to self-isolate

You must self-isolate immediately if you:

  • have symptoms - isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so)
  • are told to self-isolate by Test and Trace – you will need to isolate for the full 14 days (even if you get a negative test during that period)

You must also isolate if you:

  • test positive
  • live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • arrive in the UK from a country on the quarantine list

By following these simple rules, we can ensure people who need a test can get one.


Concern As Numbers Rise

posted Sep 10, 2020, 12:41 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

There has been 26 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Telford & Wrekin during the week ending 6th September. 

There has now been a total of 716 confirmed cases in Telford & Wrekin since the outbreak began.

There has been a significant increase in confirmed cases this week compared to last week.

We need to act now to help avoid a local lockdown, to keep the borough open for businesses and to keep vulnerable people safe.

The cases are scattered across the borough in multiple wards. Right now we all need to be alert

What can you do?

Get Tested when you need to

Only people with coronavirus symptoms should get a test. The three key symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you do not have these symptoms you may be turned away from a test site.

Dial 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus to book a test.

We know some people have had difficulties getting a test slot and the council has raised this with the secretary of state for health. We are working with the NHS about increasing testing capacity.

If you have problems booking our advice is to try again a few hours later.

You must self-isolate immediately if you:

  • have symptoms
  • have tested positive
  • live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • are told to self-isolate by Test and Trace
  • Arrive in the UK from a country on the quarantine list

Also…

Wear a face covering in line with government guidance.

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.

Local Lockdown Fears Ease

posted Sep 6, 2020, 9:57 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

There have been 6 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Telford & Wrekin during the week ending 30th August.

  • The average number of infections in the last week was lower than the West Midlands and England averages.
  • There has now been a total of 692 confirmed cases in Telford & Wrekin since the outbreak began.

There has been a significant decrease in confirmed cases this week compared to last week.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the rules, you have played your part in preventing the spread of the virus. Let's keep these numbers down.

Make sure you:

  • Isolate and get tested: if you have any symptoms - Dial 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus to book a test ASAP
  • Isolate: if you are contacted by Test and Trace
  • Wear a mask: in line with government guidance
  • Wash your hands: - regularly for 20 seconds

 

Positive Test Number Falls

posted Aug 1, 2020, 5:53 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

There has been 5 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Telford & Wrekin during the week ending 26 July.

  • The average number of infections in the last week was lower than the West Midlands and England average
  • There has now been a total of 626 confirmed cases in Telford and Wrekin since the outbreak began

There has been a decrease in confirmed cases this week compared to last week.

We all need to play our part to prevent the spread in Telford and Wrekin and keep these numbers down. Make sure you:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay 2m apart where possible
  • Stay home if you have symptoms and get tested

Local Infection Figures Update

posted Jul 25, 2020, 4:10 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Telford & Wrekin for the week ending 19 July.

  • 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19
  • The average number of infections in the last week was higher than the West Midlands and England average
  • There has now been a total of 621 confirmed cases in Telford and Wrekin since the outbreak began

There has been an increase in confirmed cases this week compared to last week. All these cases have been traced back by council officers to an outbreak at Teagues Bridge Primary school.

This shows how important Test and Trace is in controlling outbreaks.

To help prevent the spread in Telford and Wrekin and make Test and Trace work it’s important that we all do our part:

  • If you get any Coronavirus symptoms you must get tested – don’t delay, do it immediately.
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household have symptoms.
  • If you are contacted by the Test and Trace team and asked to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus you must do so immediately.

Covid-19 Cases Update

posted Jul 9, 2020, 11:35 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Number of Covid-19 cases in Telford and Wrekin 

During the week ending on Sunday 5th July there were:

  • Six confirmed cases of Covid-19
  • The average number of infections in the last week was similar to the West Midlands average and lower than the England average
  • The total number of cases in Telford & Wrekin since the pandemic began now stands at 594

You can continue to help us to keep these numbers down and keep the borough area open by continuing to:

  • wash your hands regularly,
  • stay 2m apart where possible
  • stay home if you have symptoms and get tested

Renewed Plea To Prevent The Spread

posted Jun 29, 2020, 11:49 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

We all need to do our bit to prevent the spread in Mid Shropshire land.

Lockdown may be easing but we must continue to follow the following rules:

  • Keep washing hands regularly for 20 seconds
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres where possible
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

New Testing Centre for Telford

posted Jun 15, 2020, 3:53 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility, part of the national test and trace initiative, is to open at the Ironbridge Park and Ride in Telford, that will help make it easy and quick for any borough resident to get tested.

The site will be established this week and will remain open as long as the national effort requires it to be.

Telford & Wrekin Council worked with Government and the NHS, providing them with a number of suitable sites to choose for a permanent testing site, which will serve people in the borough and surrounding areas.

Each site was assessed for accessibility and security; also additional signage is being installed by the Council to prepare the site.

People in the borough experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus.
 

Local Advice On Track & Trace

posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Test and trace work has begun in Telford and Wrekin

Test and trace

Working with Public Health England, Telford & Wrekin Council will be using our local knowledge and expertise to control any outbreak that occurs in the borough.

It’s really important that everyone understands how the scheme works and people do the right thing and self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Find out more about how test and trace works.

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