Health & Wellbeing

Coronavirus: A decline in cases, but Shropshire’s 7-day infection rate is higher than the national average

During the 7-day period from 12-18 February 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 428 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 64 (13%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 132.5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 160.4 per 100,000
  • For England it was 121.3 per 100,000
  • There were 22 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 91 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 91 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 57 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 35% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 40% were in north Shropshire
  • 25% were in south Shropshire

Coronavirus: Unpaid carers to receive their vaccinations

As of today, 23 February, unpaid carers aged 18-64 can book a vaccination appointment via the national booking system without receiving a letter. To be eligible, they need to be in receipt of carer’s allowance. They can book online at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week

Carers aged 18 to 64 who do not receive carers allowance and are not already registered with their council’s Carers Support Centre, should do so. They will then be contacted to book an appointment at a local centre.

Carers aged 16 or 17 are not eligible to book via the national booking system. If these young carers are not already registered with their council’s Carers Support Centre they should do this and be supported to book their vaccination.

Carers aged 65 and over can already book on the national system, providing they have already received a letter inviting them to do so. Invitations to all over 65s to book appointments have been issued since mid-February.

Carers are defined as those caring for an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of Covid-19 mortality and are therefore clinically vulnerable.

PPE for Unpaid Carers

Important changes to the eligibility criteria and distribution routes for an Emergency PPE supply for unpaid carers

Following on from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Social Care Working Group announcement on 25 January 2021, all unpaid carers can access an emergency supply of PPE through the local authority.

Unfortunately, the link sent with the email I received doesn’t work, so unpaid carers in Shropshire can access emergency PPE supplies from Shropshire Council using the following contact details:

Margarete Davies

Carer Lead, Community Partnerships, Adult Social Care, Shropshire Council

01743 255776  

 Margarete.Davies@shropshire.gov.uk

Shropshire records lowest weekly COVID-19 cases since December 2020

During the 7-day period from 5–11 February 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 492 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 150 (23%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 152.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 196.4 per 100,000
  • For England it was 147.7  per 100,000
  • There were 40 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 101 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 119 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 58 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 32% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 44% were in north Shropshire
  • 24% were in south Shropshire

Call for people aged 70 and over to contact NHS for a COVID jab

The last invites to those aged 70 and over on the Shielded Patients List who are yet to be vaccinated have now either been delivered or are due to arrive this week (w/c 8th Feb), meaning vaccines have been offered to everyone eligible whose contact details the NHS has.

To ensure that nobody is left behind, the NHS is now asking people in this group who have not had their first dose yet to come forward now and make an appointment.

People are requested to book their appointment through the national booking service and not through their GP. This is the easiest way to arrange a vaccination and can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

People should try to use the website where possible. For those who can’t, they can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The phone line can get very busy, so people may choose to ring later in the day when it is less busy. British Sign Language, text relay and interpreter services are available.

Coronavirus: Positive cases continue to decline in Shropshire

During the 7-day period from 29 January – 4 February 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 642 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 35 (5%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 198.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 268.8 per 100,000
  • For England it was 210.8 per 100,000
  • There were 29 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 144 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 137 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 92 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 35% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 39% were in north Shropshire
  • 26% were in south Shropshire

COVID-19 cases in Shropshire (22-28 January 2021)

During the 7-day period from 22-28 January 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 677 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 491 (42%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 209.5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 339.7 per 100,000
  • For England it was 279.7  per 100,000
  • There were 9 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 163 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 167 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 104 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 33% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 34% were in north Shropshire
  • 33% were in south Shropshire

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (15-21 January 2021)

During the 7-day period from 15-21 January 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 1,168 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 196 (14%) cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 361.5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 499.9 per 100,000
  • For England it was 400.6 per 100,000
  • There were 22 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 149 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 237 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 152 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 32% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 39% were in north Shropshire
  • 29% were in south Shropshire

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028  – option 0 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Patients urged to contact NHS 111 first

Important message sent on behalf of the local health and care system 

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford are both dealing with high numbers of patients right now – anyone in need of urgent medical care in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin should contact NHS 111 first online, or by phone.

Health advisers can help find the best place for treatment and give a time to come in if a face-to-face assessment is needed. The service, staffed by trained health advisers, will book the caller a time slot for the most appropriate service, such as our urgent treatment centres or minor injuries units, or, if needed, A&E (Emergency Department) at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) or the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

By calling NHS 111 first, it will help the NHS manage the flow of patients when capacity in waiting rooms is much smaller than before, to maintain safe distancing and reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

If the situation is serious or life-threatening please call 999 immediately. Likewise, if the condition is not serious, seek advice from a pharmacy or make an appointment with a GP.

Free transport to help Shropshire residents get Covid vaccinations

Shropshire residents who are without access to transport are now able to get FREE transport to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. 

In order to get help, you must have had a letter inviting you for vaccination in Shropshire, and you must be unable to get there any other way. Subject to availability, Shropshire Council will be able to provide transport to help you get to your appointment and back.   

All vehicles will have appropriate ventilation, with strict infection control measures in place to ensure they are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards. 

Transport can be booked by calling the council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (option 0).