In the week of 28 May to 3 June, 31 confirmed cases were reported – an increase of 34.7% on the previous week. While the number of cases is still below the national and regional averages, and there were no COVID-19-related deaths, the figure has been rising in Shropshire over the last month.
Shropshire’s director of public health, Rachel Robinson, is urging everyone to remember the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance.
Rachel said “The number of reported cases is increasing and although we are below the national and regional averages, it is something we need to pay attention to given the rise in the Delta variant nationally.
“Coronavirus is still in our communities and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread. The advice that was given at the start of the pandemic is just as important today as it was a year or more ago. Hands-face-space-fresh air is key in preventing the spread.
The vaccine uptake in Shropshire is great and I encourage everyone to book their first and second jabs when invited, but it doesn’t stop you from catching the virus and passing it onto others. That is why regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of 2m and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated is still vital along, with regular testing for people with no symptoms”
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:
” Thank you to all our residents who have stepped up and played their part in the fight against Covid19, but it does not end here. Please ensure you continue to follow all the Government’s advice to ensure Shropshire is a safe place to live, work and shop. It has been a long and difficult 15 months, but now is not the time to forget about the basic safety measures like hands-face-space-fresh air”
It is vitally important not to forget the advice, which was given at the start of the pandemic.
You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link, https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.
If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.