Notices

COVID-19 RECOVERY: WCBC BRIEFING NOTE, 15th OCTOBER 2021

As previously noted Alert Level O remains in place throughout Wales and  you will be aware that Covid [vaccination] Passes are now compulsory from mid October for entrance to nightclubs, indoor events of over 500 people, outdoor seated events of over 4,000 people and any outdoor event, like a rugby match, of over 10,000 people.
To allow you to continue your lives safely and to aid these event all members of the public should have their covid passes ready in advance. Getting one is simple. Have your NHS number handy and a piece of Identification and the process takes 5 minutes online.

Covid-19 briefing note – get your Covid pass sorted if you’re heading out

SCHOOLS
All schools continue to follow operational guidance from Welsh Government. The focus of the guidance is to enable schools to operate as ‘business as usual’ as far as possible.
The core measures that remain in place are:

  • Follow self-isolation guidance
  • Don’t attend school if you have symptoms
  • Hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Ventilation
    Schools are managing the situation in partnership with Test Trace & Protect Services.  For those schools with multiple cases this can impact on overall attendance rates as parents choose to keep their pupils off school.

Comment

  • 68 new cases were reported in Wrexham today. The latest 7-day rate for new cases is 4/ 100,000 population, which is only slightly better than the 424.4/100k reported two weeks ago.
  • Positivity (the indicator of community transmission) is 6%, up from 12.7% two weeks ago, but down from 17.1% four weeks ago. Wrexham has risen to 18th in Wales for cases per 100k population, compared to 22nd two weeks ago and 14th for positivity, compared to 20th two weeks ago.
  • The Delta variant accounts for 100% of cases, with community transmission in households, then schools, then social contacts and finally work contacts being the driver of infection.
  • The highest rates of infection are amongst the 20-29 age group, followed by the under 20s. This is because they are the least vaccinated and are having the most social contact.
  • Hospital admissions and deaths remain low compared to Waves 1 and 2 – 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. However, Wave 3 has not been as severe as Wave 2, which peaked in January.
  • Vaccination is the only way out of this, for which there is an added incentive, given the need under the Level 0 Covid Regulations for Covid Passes for entry to large sports events and some of the night-time economy.

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 several months. This confirms that there is widespread community transmission throughout the County Borough rather than clusters of cases in specific areas.
  • 9 of the sub-areas have more than 400/100k, whereas 10 had two weeks ago and 7 four weeks ago.
  • 9 of the sub-areas have seen an improvement since two weeks ago, meaning that 9 have got worse. This compares to 12 and 6, respectively, two weeks ago, showing that things have got worse.

 

KEY MESSAGES

 

Help maintain our progress from the Pandemic and support the resumption of all social activities safely and smoothly by having your COVID passes ready.