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COVID-19 RECOVERY: WCBC BRIEFING NOTE, 31st DECEMBER 2021

Over the coming days, hundreds of additional NHS staff and volunteers will join the vaccination effort in North Wales.The aim is to offer a booster to every eligible adult by the end of this month – helping to limit the impact of the highly infectious Omicron variant.It’s a huge undertaking for our health services, who continue to work incredibly hard to keep us safe.So please – when you get your chance, get your booster.

How to get your booster

If you haven’t been invited for a booster yet, you can now book online or attend a drop in clinic.

Or you might be invited directly by your GP practice or community pharmacy.

If you already have an appointment in December, please keep to it. If you have an appointment in January, you’ll be invited to book an earlier appointment during December.

If you’re housebound, there’s no need to contact the NHS. The local health board already has your details and is working as quickly as possible to get to you before the end of December.

See the WCBC website

DATA ON THE VIRUS

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

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OMICRON IS RISING VERY RAPIDLY IN WREXHAM AND THROUGHOUT NORTH WALES, SO MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: GET A JAB!

401 new cases were reported in Wrexham today.

  • The latest 7-day rate for cases is 9/100,000 population, which is the worst is has ever been since the pandemic began in 2020 and 82% worse than the 601.7 reported only two weeks ago.
  • Positivity (the indicator of community transmission) is 7%, more than twice the 18.8% of only two weeks ago, indicating very rapid community transmission.
  • Wrexham’s relative position in Wales has improved for cases per 100k population, being 16th compared to 2nd two weeks ago and 5th four weeks ago, which means that other parts of Wales are seeing even higher rates of infection. Worryingly, Wrexham is now 3rd for positivity, compared to 4th two weeks ago and 8th four weeks ago.
  • The Omicron variant is now dominant throughout Wales and in Wrexham.
  • Local community transmission in households, then social contacts is the driver of infection, as has been the case for many months, but it is now at a very much higher rate.
  • The highest rate of infection remains amongst the under 20s age group, as it has for many months, because they are the least vaccinated, but it is growing in older age groups too.
  • It will take around a week to find out if Omicron is as harmful as, or even worse than, Delta.
  • Hospital admissions and deaths remain low compared to Waves 1, 2 and 3 of the pandemic, supporting the view that the vaccine is highly effective. There is a very much higher chance of being admitted to hospital if someone has not been vaccinated or received a booster.
  • There is strong evidence, from Israel and South Africa, that the BOOSTER JAB is crucial for reducing severity, hospitalisation and death.
  • Mask wearing remains the law under the Level 2 Alert that has been in place throughout Wales since Boxing Day.

 

 

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  • There is rapid community transmission of the Omicron variant in every part of the County Borough.
  • All 18 sub-areas have more than 600/100k, compared to 8 two weeks ago and 3 four weeks ago.
  • 15 of the sub-areas have more than 1000/100k, compared to 0 two weeks ago.
  • 10 of the sub-areas have seen their highest rates per 100k since the pandemic first began in 2020.
  • In a matter of days, the Omicron variant is expected to surpass the peak of infection experienced last January.
  • Only 1 sub-area has seen an improvement since two weeks ago and the other 17 have got a lot worse. This compares to 7 and 11 two weeks ago and 9 and 9 four weeks ago.
  • The only way out of this is to follow the rules in Wales (IT IS THE LAW) AND GET YOUR VACCINATIONS NOW and a BOOSTER as soon as you are eligible.