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Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update (8-14 January 2021)

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During the 7-day period from 8-14 January 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 1,364 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 93 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 422.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 560.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 499.1 per 100,000
  • There were 25 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire
  • 382 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 99 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 29% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 46% were in north Shropshire
  • 25% were in south Shropshire

Despite a slight decrease this week, cases in Shropshire remain worryingly high. Compared with the same week in DecemberShropshire had only 293 cases – this is an increase of 359% in positive cases in a month. 

Getting tested

Testing is available for anyone who has one of the main of COVID-19 symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell.

We are also encouraging anyone to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have any of the following less common symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling very tired for no good reason
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children.

There are a number of testing sites across Shropshire which can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. People can use the option of “my council has asked me to book a test” if they have the other symptoms.

Rapid testing for key workers

If you are a key worker or have a job which means you cannot work from home, you can book a Rapid COVID-19 test at our sites in Shrewsbury and Craven Arms.

Rapid tests can be booked using the following link –  www.shropshire.gov.uk/lfdpublictesting 

This type of test is for people who are asymptomatic – please call 119 or visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book a test if you have any symptoms.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.