Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases show further, slow decline locally
During the 7-day period between 9-15 April 2021:
- 30 new cases were reported
- This was a decrease of 2 cases (6%) compared to the previous week
- The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
- For the West Midlands it was 23.0 per 100,000
- For England it was 25.1 per 100,000
- 1 hospital bed was occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
- 5.7% of cases are linked to care homes, and 30% of cases were linked to one outbreak outside of the council area
- 14% cases relate to people between the age 0-19
- 2.8% cases relate to people aged 70+
- During the last week 35% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
- 52% were in north Shropshire
- 13% were in south Shropshire
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:
“It’s encouraging to see cases going down in Shropshire and that we have one of the lowest infection rates in the region.
“The number of people in Shropshire doing a regular Lateral Flow Test is growing, and this is welcome news in our fight against coronavirus.
“The Lateral Flow Tests can provide results in around 30 minutes, give us an accurate picture of the virus rates in communities, and play a huge part in helping us to continue to drive down the number of infections and therefore save lives.
“While we’re still seeing a small decline in cases across our county, this decrease is slowing down.
“Coronavirus is still very much with us and people are still being infected with COVID-19. As restrictions have eased somewhat, we just can’t afford to be complacent. It’s vital, more than ever, to remain vigilant and continue to follow the basics – hands, face and space – to ensure that we do not cause a spike in our infection rates.
“We urge everyone to continue to play their part to help minimise the spread of the virus and not to put your health and those of others at risk.”
This means everyone:
- over 50 and those in the 1-9 priority list who haven’t had a vaccination, are encouraged to book one as soon as possible
- eligible to book their second vaccine using National Booking System, is encouraged to do so
- who is eligible, is encouraged to get tested regularly. Everyone in England is now able access two rapid coronavirus tests a week, under an extension of the Government’s Lateral Flow Tests testing programme.
- is encouraged to continue to follow the current Government guidelines – social distancing at least 2 metres apart, wearing face coverings and washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds.
“We want to thank everyone for adhering to the guidance. Please do continue to do so, so that we can all return soon to as normal a life as possible.”
A full list of testing sites and collection points can be found here
If you think you may have COVID-19, or you are displaying any symptoms, do not rely on a Lateral Flow Test. You should self-isolate immediately and book a proper PCR test by visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.