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COVID-19 RECOVERY: WCBC BRIEFING NOTE, 3rd DECEMBER 2021

OVERVIEW

National awareness that “omicron” a new variant of Covid is now in circulation acts as a stark reminder that we must all remain careful and vigilant as we approach Christmas. The data included below highlights the position in Wrexham at the week ending the 28th of November where Delta remains the most prevalent variant in circulation within our communities. Our goal must be to minimise the spread of covid whether it be the Delta variant or any other variant.

Reported statistics today indicate 108 new cases in Wrexham, indicating a case rate of just over 500 per 100,000.

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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  • 108 cases were reported in Wrexham today, which is slightly lower than the peak in this, the third wave of the pandemic that occurred just over a week ago.
  • The latest 7-day rate for cases is 8/100,000 population, which is an improvement on the 524.4 of two weeks ago.
  • Positivity (the indicator of community transmission) is 7%, down from 18.6% two weeks ago.
  • Wrexham’s relative position in Wales has worsened for cases per 100k population (5th compared to 9th two weeks ago) and 8th for positivity, compared to 15th 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 remain amongst the under 20s, as it has for many months. This is because they are the least vaccinated. This is followed, effectively by their parents, but also growing numbers in older age groups.
  • There are presently no confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant, but it is expected to arrive very soon and to spread at a fast rate. It will take 2 to 3 weeks to find out if it is as harmful or even worse than the Delta variant.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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  • 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.
  • of the sub-areas have more than 400/100k, compared to 10, two weeks ago.  
  • of the sub-areas have more than 600/100k, compared to 7, two weeks ago.
  • 9 of the sub-areas have seen an improvement since two weeks ago, meaning that 9 have got worse. This compares to 5 and 13, respectively, two weeks ago.
  • Coivd-19 has definitely not gone away in Wrexham; in fact, with the new Omicron variant it is likely to get worse.
  • The only way out of this is WEARING A MASK (IT IS THE LAW IN WALES) AND GETTING ALL OF YOUR VACCINATIONS, including a BOOSTER, as soon as you are eligible.

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

This pandemic has thrown at us all so many uncertainties and will do so for some time to come, one thing however is clear is that spread of the virus thrives on human contact. Christmas remains a time when we thrive on spending time with each other and we know this is important for our wellbeing. Our message however, is that we do so safely, and within national law and guidance.

  • Wear Masks where they are required
  • Listen to your body if you feel unwell take a test