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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 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.