Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update (16-22 October 2020)
During the 7-day period from 16 October to 22 October 2020 in Shropshire:
- 332 new cases of coronavirus were reported
- This was an increase of 73 cases compared to the previous week
- The seven day infection rate for Shropshire was 102.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
- For the West Midlands it was 204.6 per 100,000
- For England it was 207.2 per 100,000
- 77 cases related to people aged between 20-29
- The average age for positive cases was 42
- 36 cases were reported in work settings
- During the last week 34% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
- 32% were in North Shropshire
- 29% in South Shropshire
We have also seen a rise in the number of cases in the over 70s.
Shropshire remains in Tier One (Medium risk), under which the Rule of Six and a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues is in place.
But tougher coronavirus restrictions are now a step closer to being implemented in Shropshire due to the huge surge in the number of positive cases.
We are asking people to consider limiting the number of people you come into contact with – the fewer people you see, the less chance you have of catching and spreading the virus.
The risk of catching the virus are much higher indoors. Where possible we recommend meeting up with friends and family outdoors, where the risk is lower. It’s also important to try and keep at least 2m apart when meeting with people outside of your household bubble.
You can also help to stop the spread by:
- Washing your hands
- Wearing face coverings when required
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Limit the number of households you are in contact
- Keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (at least 2 metres apart where possible).