Coronavirus: High number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals locally during 7-13 January 2022
During the seven-day period between 7-13 January 2022:
- 2,815 new COVID-19 cases reported
- A decrease of 47% on the previous week
- The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 865 per 100,000
- It was 1128.9 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 1025.5 for England
- 69 beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 3 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-
“The number of COVID-19 cases in Shropshire has fallen by nearly 50% in this time period. This rapid decrease mirrors national and regional trends. We have, however, continued to see outbreaks, particularly in our schools and care homes. We do need to be cautious with the interpretation of the data on total cases compared to previous weeks, as the overall numbers will be impacted by recent policy changes, particularly the removed need for a confirmatory PCR test. We are reminding residents to continue to upload their Lateral Flow Test positive results.
“Although cases have dropped, there are still very high numbers of patients being treated for COVID-19 in our local hospitals and, sadly, there were 3 further deaths during this time.
“On Wednesday the Prime Minister announced an end to ‘Plan B’ restrictions from Thursday 27 January 2022. I would urge everyone in Shropshire to proceed with caution. The infection rate remains high, so I encourage you to be sensible and think about taking measures to protect yourself, while also minimising the spread of the virus, particularly in high risk settings, or when in deliberate contact with the vulnerable.”
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-
“It is very promising that cases are falling and we are moving forward, but let’s not forget that coronavirus is still in our communities and we must do what we can to say safe.
“The vaccine remains the best defence against the effects of COVID-19, so if you haven’t yet had the jab, please do. The Darwin Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury is hosting another walk-in vaccination clinic on Saturday 22 January from 9.30am to 3.30pm.”