Health & Wellbeing

Coronavirus: Number of cases on the rise in Shropshire

During the seven-day period between 4-10 June:

  • 83 new cases reported
  • An increase of 167% on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 25.7 per 100,000
  • It was 55.7 for the West Midlands and 78.3 for England
  • 2 hospital beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital

The data also shows that the average age of people who have had a positive test in this timeframe is 32.

30.7% of cases were aged between 0 and 19, and 22% were 20-29. Meanwhile 5.7% of cases were 70+, showing a slight increase in the rate of cases in the older population.

COVID-19 case numbers decrease 45% locally 7-13 May

During the seven-day period between 7-13 May 2021:

  • 31 new cases reported
  • That is a 45% decrease on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.6 per 100,000
  • It was 16.5 for the West Midlands and 22.5 for England
  • 1 hospital bed was occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-related deaths in our local hospitals
Infographic showing COVID-19 case numbers 7-13 May 2021

COVID-19 cases weekly numbers spike in Shropshire

During the 7-day period between 16-22 April 2021:-

  • 54 new cases were reported
  • This is an increase of 24 cases (80%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 16.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • It was 23.9 per 100,000 in the West Midlands and 24.6 per 100,000 in England
  • Two hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • Zero COVID-19 related deaths at our hospitals.
COVID-19 cases 16-22 April 2021 infographic

Shropshire hospitals – Consultation exercise

In 2017 Kate Ballinger was appointed as The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s (SaTH) new Community Engagement Facilitator.

This completely new position was created to encourage and enable the community to become actively involved in decision-making and shaping services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

SaTH is currently running an online conversation to find out how local communities would like to be involved with their hospitals and, for the next 4 weeks, we have the opportunity to share our ideas on how we can be more involved with our local hospitals.

SaTH recognises it’s not always easy to get your voice heard and this is why they’re holding an open, honest and anonymous online conversation. 
This is an opportunity for everyone in our communities to share their ideas in a safe, anonymous online space. 
You can also read and comment on what others have shared, and vote on what you like or don’t like. Visit www.sathgetinvolved.org to join in now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm28nQaqIv8

COVID-19 cases show further, slow decline locally

During the 7-day period between 9-15 April 2021:

  • 30 new cases were reported
  • This was a decrease of 2 cases (6%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 23.0 per 100,000
  • For England it was 25.1 per 100,000
  • 1 hospital bed was occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
  • 5.7% of cases are linked to care homes, and 30% of cases were linked to one outbreak outside of the council area
  • 14%  cases relate to people between the age 0-19
  • 2.8% cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 35% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 52% were in north Shropshire
  • 13% were in south Shropshire
COVID-19 weekly cases, 9-15 April 2021 infographic

Everyone –

  • over 50 and those in the 1-9 priority list who haven’t had a vaccination, is encouraged to book one as soon as possible
  • eligible to book their second vaccine using National Booking System, is encouraged to do so
  • who is eligible, is encouraged to get tested regularly. Everyone in England is now able access two rapid coronavirus tests a week, under an extension of the Government’s Lateral Flow Tests testing programme.
  • is encouraged to continue to follow the current Government guidelines – social distancing at least 2 metres apart, wearing face coverings and washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds.

A full list of testing sites and collection points can be found here

If you think you may have COVID-19, or you are displaying any symptoms, do not rely on a Lateral Flow Test. You should self-isolate immediately and book a proper PCR test by visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

COVID-19 cases down by nearly 50%

During the 7-day period between 2-8 April 2021:

  • 32 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 29 cases (47%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.9 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 26.2 per 100,000
  • For England it was 27 per 100,000
  • 3 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
  • 4% of cases are linked to care homes
  • 40%  cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 0% cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 40% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 48% were in north Shropshire
  • 12% were in south Shropshire

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “Every resident in Shropshire should get a regular symptom-free Lateral Flow Test twice a week to ensure you are not unknowingly spreading coronavirus. You are now able to order symptom-free tests online or to collect from all our local testing sites, participating pharmacies, as well as local libraries and leisure centres.”

A full list of testing sites and collection points can be found here

If you think you may have coronavirus, or you are displaying any symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test by visiting gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

Shropshire’s COVID-19 case rates hit a six-month low

During the 7-day period between 26 March – 1 April 2021:- 

  • 61 new cases reported 
  • This was a decrease of 31 cases (33%) compared to the previous week 
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 18.9 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 45.8 per 100,000 
  • For England it was 40.9 per 100,000 
  • 5 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients 
  • 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals 
  • 8% of cases are linked to care homes 
  • 30%  cases relate to people under the age of 30 
  • 2% cases relate to people aged 70+ 
  • During the last week 30% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area 
  • 32% were in north Shropshire 
  • 38% were in south Shropshire 

Getting tested 

From Friday April 9 2021, everyone in Shropshire will be able to access two rapid coronavirus tests a week (Lateral Flow Tests), under an extension of the Government’s testing programme. Regular testing for people without symptoms is an important tool, alongside hands, face, space, fresh air – and vaccinations – in allowing us to move safely forward as we ease out of the third Lockdown. 

As well as our testing centres and local pharmacies, you will be able to collect testing kits from local libraries and leisure centres from Monday 12 April.

A full list of collection sites are available here

Pick up points set-up for free Covid lateral flow test kits

Everyone across Shropshire will now be able to pick up free lateral flow Covid-19 home testing kits from sites across the county. 

The new collection points for the lateral flow tests will be available at libraries and leisure centres across the Shropshire from Monday 12th April. Full details are on the Shropshire Council website.

Market Drayton Library is the collection point nearest to Hodnet. The opening times are:

Mondays – Wednesdays: 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday – 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm
Saturday – 10am – 1pm
Sunday – CLOSED

Shropshire’s COVID-19 cases fall again

During the 7-day period between 12-18 March 2021:-

  • 95 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 12 cases (11%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 29.4 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 66.1 per 100,000
  • For England it was 56 per 100,000
  • 16 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 11 COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
  • 45 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 3 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 28% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 54% were in north Shropshire
  • 18% were in south Shropshire

The decline in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shropshire has started to slow down, after the rapid falls in recent weeks.