The number of coronavirus cases in Shropshire remains high.
During the week 10-16 September, the number of cases in Shropshire fell slightly, however the overall rate of infections across the county remains high.
Testing rates continue to be high across the county and above the regional average, with the average age rate of COVID-19 cases being 27 years old.
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “While there was a slight decrease in numbers of cases last week, with the number of outbreaks in schools and the wider community continuing to rise, we are now seeing figures increase again. Our health protection team is currently managing 74 COVID-19 outbreaks, mainly across schools, with 36 new outbreaks declared in the last week.
“Sadly, we’ve seen a further 5 deaths in our hospitals, who continue to see an increase in hospitalisations of COVID-19 patients, the majority of which remain unvaccinated, which is concerning.
“I would therefore urge anyone who has not yet had their vaccine to please take up the offer. The NHS ‘evergreen’ vaccination offer is for anyone who has yet to accept the opportunity to be vaccinated. You can still get your first and second doses at walk-in clinics across the county. A full list of vaccination clinics is available here.
“Not only will this help stop the spread of the virus but also help reduce the risk of serious illness.”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, added: “We know many people across Shropshire have and continue to follow the national guidelines by getting vaccinated and regularly tested, wearing masks in crowded spaces, letting fresh air in when indoors and social distancing.
“However, we’re also seeing people disengaging with such advice. I can’t emphasise enough that all us need to take personal responsibility, not just for our safety but the safety of our loved ones, friends and our wider community.
“We are having to live with Coronavirus and while restrictions have relaxed, I urge everyone to continue to follow these guidelines, otherwise we will continue to see cases rise across Shropshire.”