Coronavirus: COVID-19 case rates hit new high in Shropshire
During the seven-day period between 12-18 November 2021:
- 1,765 new COVID-19 cases reported
- An increase of 14% on the previous week
- The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 542.4 per 100,000
- It was 385.4 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 411.1 for England
- 39 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 12 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-
“With the festive season approaching, it is really important that we take the necessary measures to protect ourselves so we can all enjoy Christmas. COVID-19 rates are the highest they have been in our communities, cases are still rising and, sadly, there were a further 12 deaths in our local hospitals between 12-18 November.
“This weekend there is a national focus on getting vaccinated – whether it’s your first or second dose, or the booster if you are eligible. If you are out Christmas shopping on Saturday in Shrewsbury, you can pop into the Darwin Centre between 1pm and 5pm and get a jab. You don’t even need a book an appointment – it couldn’t be easier. 12 to 15 year olds can also get the first dose of the vaccination if they are accompanied by a parent or carer. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Gobowen is also open for walk-ins.
“When you are out and about shopping or attending busy festive events, please wear a face covering – especially if you are inside. Regularly sanitising your hands and social distancing where you can will also help to minimise the spread of the virus.”
Details of all vaccination clinics, including a new regular pop-up in Bridgnorth, are available here.