Latest figures show there were 375.9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days and the infection rate in the city is now 27th highest in England; by comparison the next highest area in the region – Dudley – is 50th.
Hospitalisations are also rising and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust currently has around 60 positive Covid-19 patients.
John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "The situation is very concerning; Covid-19 is not only spreading easily once again, but an increasing number of people are finding themselves in hospital.
“We always knew that, as society opened back up, infection rates would rise, and we expect numbers to increase further still when children return to school next month.
"Fortunately, we are also seeing the positive effect that the vaccination programme is having, with hospitalisations and deaths much lower now than they were during the peak of the third wave. It’s also important to note that the majority of people ending up in hospital have not, for whatever reason, been vaccinated.
"The evidence is clear that having your Covid-19 vaccine will give you the best possible protection against this virus. And, remember, you must get both doses, 8 weeks apart, in order to get the best level of protection. So if you've not already had your first jab, or you are now due your second, please pop along to one of our vaccination clinics as soon as you can.
"I would also urge you to remain vigilant and carry on doing everything you can to stop the spread of Covid-19. That includes wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport, getting a regular rapid Covid-19 test, particularly if you are planning on meeting up with friends and extended family, and keeping your distance from others wherever possible.”
Professor David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, added: “I would encourage all adults to get their vaccine so they can be protected from this deadly virus and please remember to fully benefit from that protection, you must have both doses.
“The vaccine is doing a great job in keeping hospital admissions lower compared to the last wave, which is obviously very good news. So I would encourage you, if you have not done so already, to please get your vaccine as soon as you can, because it could prove to be life-saving.”
Because Covid is not over, residents are asked to:
- get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine - visit Walk-in vaccinations for details of walk-in clinics
- continue to follow Hands, Face, Space
- get a regular, free, rapid Covid-19 test, visit Coronavirus Testing for more information
- self-isolate and get a free PCR rest if they develop symptoms of Covid-19; tests can be booked at GOV.UK or by calling 119