Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases still rising rapidly locally between 9-15 July 2021
During the seven-day period between 9-15 July 2021:
- 1,037 new cases reported
- An increase of 82.5% on the previous week
- The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 320.9 per 100,000
- It was 477.0 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 466.2 for England
- 11 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- Zero COVID-19-related deaths in local hospitals
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:
“The number of cases in Shropshire continues to rise sharply and hospitalisations are slowly increasing too. With most legal restrictions being lifted by the Government at a time when the virus is spreading so quickly in our communities, I urge everyone to remain cautious.
“I still strongly advise the use of face coverings, particularly in crowded, busy places or where ventilation may be poor, and to keep a safe social distance where possible. Now restrictions have been ended, let’s not forget about good hand hygiene: these are simple and effective things we can all do to stop the spread of the virus.
“Testing through Lateral Flow Tests for people without symptoms, or a more reliable PCR test for those with symptoms, are still necessary measures. If you do get a positive PCR test you must self-isolate immediately.
“There are also still lots of Shropshire residents eligible for the vaccine, whether it be a second dose or both doses. Please book online, call 119 or visit a walk-in clinic to get yours as soon as possible. You are less likely to become seriously ill if you do contract COVID-19.”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:
“It is really encouraging to see so many people still wearing face coverings and behaving sensibly while out and about in Shropshire, even after legal restrictions have ended.
“The efforts of Shropshire’s residents have been tremendous so far and it’s important that we recognise this is not over yet. Please keep doing what you can to keep Shropshire safe.”