Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths locally during 27 August – 2 September 2021
During the seven-day period between 27 August – 2 September 2021:
- 967 new cases reported
- A decrease of 14% on the previous week
- The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 297.2 per 100,000
- It was 321.7 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 310.8 for England
- 38 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 8 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:
“Although we have seen a slight decline in cases during this week, infection rates remain very high. I expect to see the number of cases rise again now that children have returned to school, young people are back in colleges and going to university, and people return to work after summer breaks. We are also seeing a spike in care homes, so we are working closely with these settings to reduce the risk.
“Another 8 deaths between 27 August and 2 September takes the total locally over the last month to 21. This is a stark reminder as to how serious COVID-19 is. Thanks to the vaccines, the majority of people who get the virus will have very mild symptoms or will be lucky enough to have no symptoms at all, but we must think about the vulnerable people in our community.
“As we move forwards further into a new normal, we must acknowledge that life has changed significantly. Regular testing, hand hygiene, good ventilation and face coverings in busy places is the new normal. We can’t forget everything that has happened over the last 18 months because COVID-19 hasn’t gone away.”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:
“Once again I am sending my thoughts to those who have lost a family member or loved one to COVID-19. We all need to do what we can to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“There are still people in Shropshire who are eligible for the first dose of the vaccine and others who are overdue the second. There is still lots of availability at the county’s walk-in clinics and you don’t even need to book an appointment. After two doses, you are less likely to develop serious symptoms; so if you have been putting it off, please don’t delay any longer. Our local hospitals are already under immense pressure.”