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Cases Nearly Double In A week

posted Oct 23, 2020, 2:35 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

For the week ending 11th October, in Telford & Wrekin there have been:

  • 276 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • The seven day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 153 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it is 166 per 100,000
  • For England it is 177 per 100,000
  • 6 cases relate to care homes
  • 22 cases relate to educational settings
  • At least 41 cases are students relating to Harper Adams University
  • The majority of cases relate to people in the community
  • There are currently 20 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in PRH
  • The number of covid cases has increased 89%, nearly a doubling in the last week.

    About a third of this increase relates to students at Harper Adams testing positive and we are working hard with the university to manage that situation.

    Not all the increase can be related to students. There is ongoing transmission in the community - between members of the same family, between friends and work colleagues.

    Sadly some of our more vulnerable members of our community are being affected, with rates of infection increasing in the over 60s.

    We've all done so much to protect ourselves, our friends and our family but as infections continue to rise - we need to do more.

    Telford & Wrekin’s Covid Alert Level is currently ‘Medium’ and under tier 1 restrictions. We need to do all we can to avoid moving to ‘High’ and being placed under tier 2 restrictions.

    Here is what we should do...

    Isolate and get tested

    Do this when you have any symptoms of Covid, however mild – local testing sites are available.

    Reduce social contact

    Don’t meet up with other people outside your household if you can help it.

    If you do try and meet outside and remember the rule of six.

    Work from home if you can. Don’t share a car with people from another household if you can help it.

    If you are identified as a close contact, you need to isolate for 14 days, even if you test negative because it takes up to 14 days to develop symptoms.

    Hands. Face. Space.

    Because it really matters.

    Keep your distance, wear a face covering, wash hands regularly.

    Together we need to fight this virus, protect ourselves and our loved ones.