Coronavirus: COVID-19 case rates remain high following Plan B measures removal
During the seven-day period between 14-20 January 2022:
- 2,964 new COVID-19 cases reported
- An increase of 5% on the previous week
- The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 910.8 per 100,000
- It was 1100.5 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 987.1 for England
- 65 beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 6 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-
“The number of positive cases has risen very slightly during this time, and the rates remain high across Shropshire. As you can see, there is still pressure on our local hospitals, with 65 people being treated for COVID-19 and 6 deaths. This pressure is also being seen in our local care sector and schools.
“Yesterday saw the end of Plan B, which means face coverings are not mandatory on public transport and in shops, COVID-19 passes for large venues are no longer required, and the work from home guidance officially ended last week.
“While the data points towards us having passed the peak of Omicron infections, there is still widespread transmission in Shropshire. From a public health perspective, I would advise the public to remain cautious; and would strongly encourage the continued wearing of face coverings if you are in busy places or enclosed spaces with people you do not usually mix with, or when visiting more vulnerable people.
“The end of Plan B does not mean forgetting about the pandemic. Some measures will remain, like self-isolating for at least 5 full days if you get a positive PCR test. Living alongside coronavirus in 2022 means understanding and reducing risks, to do our bit to reduce transmission and keep our communities safe.”
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-
“While many people will be glad to see a return to Plan A, it is important to remember that others still feel more comfortable wearing a face covering or social distancing. Please respect every individual’s personal choice as we move forward.
“It is, however, important that we all recognise the situation in Shropshire and that the virus is still very much here. I hope you will all continue to do what you can to minimise its spread.
“The testing rate in the county is brilliant, meaning scientists can quickly and effectively monitor the spread of the virus and any outbreaks. Please do remember to record the results of your Lateral Flow Tests, whether it’s positive, negative or void. It is very important.”