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COVID-19 RECOVERY: WCBC BRIEFING NOTE, 12th NOVEMBER 2021

OVERVIEW

Continued high daily rates of COVID remain of concern within Wrexham County Borough Council. The first ministers messages to remain vigilant and careful, and to abide by current rules remains as important today as at anytime during the pandemic.

DATA ON THE VIRUS

TABLE 1: Covid-19 in the County Borough as a whole compared to other Councils in North Wal

Comment

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  • 111 new cases were reported in Wrexham today. The latest 7-day rate for new cases is 4 /100,000 population, which is worse than the 365.6 reported two weeks ago and the 399.4 four weeks ago.
  • Positivity (the indicator of community transmission) is 0%, up from 17.8% two weeks ago and 15.6% four weeks ago.
  • Wrexham’s position in Wales has worsened for cases per 100k population (16th compared to 22nd (least) two weeks ago and 10th for positivity, compared to 20th two weeks ago).
  • The Delta variant accounts for 100% of cases, with local community transmission in households, then schools, then social contacts and finally work contacts being the driver of infection.
  • The highest rates of infection remains amongst the under 20s. This is because they are the least vaccinated and are having the most social contact. This is followed, effectively, by their parents, but also growing numbers in older age groups.
  • Hospital admissions and deaths remain low compared to Waves 1 and 2 of the pandemic, supporting the view that the vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant. In fact, there is a very much higher chance of being admitted to hospital if someone has not been vaccinated.
  • These data show that the virus has definitely not gone away.
  • VACCINATION is the only way out of this. There is strong evidence, from Israel, that the BOOSTER JAB is crucial for reducing the severity of the disease, hospitalisation and death.
  • Mask wearing remains the law under the Level 0 Alert in place throughout Wales.

 

TABLE 2: Covid-19 in the Sub-Areas of Wrexham (18 MSOA areas used by PHW in its Tableau)

Comment

  • All of the 18 sub-areas of Wrexham remain ‘hotspots’ with more than 100 cases/100,000 population, which has been the case for many months. This confirms that there continues to be widespread community transmission throughout the County Borough.
  • 11 of the sub-areas have more than 400/100k, compared to 4, two weeks ago and 9, four weeks ago, showing a much worse position.  
  • 7 of the sub-areas have seen an improvement since two weeks ago, meaning that 11 have got worse. This compares to 13 and 6, respectively, two weeks ago, again showing a much worse position.
  • These data are a reminder that Coivd-19 has definitely not gone away in Wrexham.
  • The only way out of this is WEARING A MASK (IT IS THE LAW) AND VACCINATION, including a BOOSTER JAB.

SCHOOLS

  • Head teachers continue to be given extra support to quickly put measures in place in their schools where case rates are high locally.
  • Staff and secondary school students are encouraged to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests to help keep coronavirus out of schools.

KEY MESSAGES

Responsibly enjoying the freedoms which we now have, relative to when the pandemic was at its height is crucial. Please wear you mask and respect the rules at all times.