Health and social care staff in Wolverhampton are being thanked for their continuing efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

While many sectors of society have more or less returned to normal, staff working in health and social care, including in the city's residential care homes, remain in the frontline in the fight against Covid-19.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Our city's health and social care staff have been working heroically throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are now more than 18 months into this global emergency and, while for many of us life is thankfully beginning to return to some sense of normality, for our health and social care workers things haven't really changed.

"They are still having to deal with the threat posed by Covid-19 on a daily basis, and I know that many of them are incredibly tired, both physically and emotionally, because of the strain this virus is putting on them and their colleagues.

"I want to place on record my thanks, and the thanks of the City of Wolverhampton Council, for their continuing efforts, and also thank care home workers who have been, or will be, fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which means they can continue their vital role when the Government makes vaccination mandatory from November.”

Meanwhile, visitors are being encouraged to get a rapid Covid-19 test before going into a care home to see loved ones.

Councillor Leach added: "Hundreds of people in Wolverhampton are still testing positive for Covid-19 every week.

“People living in residential care are among the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and we need to carry on doing all we can to keep this virus away from them. 

“If you are planning on visiting someone in a care home, you can help by getting a free rapid test beforehand, to reassure yourself and others that you don't have the virus.

"The test is quick and easy, and you'll get your result inside 30 minutes – so if you are off to see a friend or relative, please get a test first." 

For more information on rapid testing, please visit Coronavirus Testing

Latest figures show there were 315.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 830 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.