Category: Covid-19

If you need a flu jab and haven’t had one, it’s time to act

Blog by Councillors Tracey Huffer and Andy Boddington. This article has been written with the support of Portcullis and Station Drive Surgeries. This year we face what may prove to be the deadliest disease of our lifetimes. The coronavirus epidemic is far from over and cases are rising across the country. Faced with Covid-19, why then bother with a vaccination against flu? Especially as the arrangements for a jab are different this year. This article explains why flu jabs are essential. Why you should not fear a jab. What the arrangements are in Ludlow. And how you can get flu jab near you.

Covid Watch – Shropshire Council launches Step Up Shropshire – it’s latest campaign on tackling #coronavirus

Covid-19 cases are rising in Shropshire with 75 confirmed cases in the unitary council area last week. The rapid rise in cases follows the regional trend but cases remain lower than elsewhere. It would be good to keep it that way and that is why the council has launched a new media campaign, Step Up Shropshire. Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire this morning, Shropshire’s Director of Health Rachel Robinson said the increase is across the county and all settings. She admitted that people have become exhausted with the restrictions but said that as we approach winter we must pull together. This is particularly important for Shropshire where 55% of population are vulnerable. She said half of cases were linked to social contacts.

Covid Watch – single coronavirus case at Ludlow CE School – Year 7 sent home – it was the right move

As many people in the town will know by now, there had been a single case of a Year 7 pupil at Ludlow School testing positive for Covid-19. This was always going to happen. It will undoubtedly happen again. Yesterday, the way the report of a positive test was dealt with at Ludlow School was exemplary. As soon as the positive test was confirmed, Year 7 was sent home. That decision was difficult for the students. It was difficult for their parents. But it was the right thing to do as we fight the pandemic locally and across the world. Below is yesterday’s press release from Shropshire Council, Ludlow CE School and Ludlow unitary councillors.

Face mask litter menace – it’s a worldwide problem and it’s getting a problem in Ludlow

Another day walking the dog. Another encounter with a discarded single-use facemask. Masks are scattered onto verges. They are dropped on roadside. Shoved into hedges. I encounter this potentially dangerous waste when walking my collie. There have been several around the Co-op on Foldgate Lane over the last couple of weeks. People leaving stores simply discard their single use masks, leaving someone else to clean up the mess. That is despite there being plenty of litter bins. I am appalled by this behaviour. Dropping litter is a horrid, antisocial habit. Face masks could be dangerous and harbour Covid-19 Dropping a face mask in a residential street could lead it being picked up by a child wanting to play with it. If a mask is dropped accidentally, its owner should pick it up. Better still people should wear reusable, washable face masks.

Covid Watch – no coronavirus cases in Ludlow for nine weeks – peak over but signs of a county uptick in cases

Yesterday I wrote on deaths from Covid-19 in Ludlow and across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. This article looks at how many people have tested positive for Covid-19 locally, in the region and across England. The good news, and there has been little of that during this epidemic, is that there have been no Covid-19 in Ludlow for nine weeks. Previously, 31 people had tested positive for Covid-19. Sadly, eight died. We do not know whether Covid-19 was the cause of death, a contributory factor, or made no difference to a person’s survival. This epidemic is not over. Yesterday, Shropshire Council confirmed 21 cases of Covid-19 within a traveller community on the edge of Craven Arms. More cases are expected but there is no indication that Covid-19 has spread beyond the caravan park. A testing centre has been set up in the town for anyone with symptoms. We need to be confident when out and about but we also need to continue to take care.

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