Posted: Sat 16th Oct 2021

Latest detailed council covid update: “there is a very much higher chance of being admitted to hospital if someone has not been vaccinated”

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This article is old - Published: Saturday, Oct 16th, 2021

The latest local update has been published by Wrexham Council, detailing the precise local area figures and information on the pandemic.

The seven day rolling benchmark figure for Wrexham’s cases is currently 399.4 per 100k up to the 10th of October with 543 cases logged, with 15.6% positive proportion of tests

The weekly Public Health Wales refresh of hospital covid admission data for North Wales is graphed above, with the latest update reading 36 people were known positive on admission, and 13 tested positive on admission for the week period recorded up to the 10th. The faint lines show other health boards in Wales for context, with the main bold line being our local data.

Wrexham Council operate the Test Trace Protect locally and have insight to the local trends and data, and again say spread remains predominantly within the younger unvaccinated groups, and at present admissions to hospital and serious illness remains relatively low.

The main new message from the council is around ‘covid passes’, “If you want to go to nightclubs or similar venues or large events in Wrexham and across Wales, you’ll now have to show your vaccination status or a recent negative lateral flow test result. You can show these quickly on your NHS Covid Pass, which you can download from the NHS website.”

“Please make sure you have it sorted before you go out and consider downloading the pass and printing it…in case your phone goes flat or the app isn’t working.”

There is also a reminder on how to help schools – by sticking to the following guidance from Welsh Government, you can help keep Covid away from our classrooms this autumn…

  • If your child has any symptoms, however mild, keep them at home and get a test.
  • No symptoms? Make sure they take a rapid lateral flow test twice-a-week and report all the results.
  • Follow the school rules on face coverings. Secondary pupils (Year 7 and above) will need to wear them on school transport.
  • Get the vaccine if it’s offered to you or your child.
  • Wash hands regularly.

The full council formal / data update is copied in full below, as usual any bolding or italics is from Wrexham Council:

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.

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.

DATA ON THE VIRUS

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

Comment

  • 68 new cases were reported in Wrexham today. The latest 7-day rate for new cases is 399.4/ 100,000 population, which is only slightly better than the 424.4/100k reported two weeks ago.
  • Positivity (the indicator of community transmission) is 15.6%, 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.



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