Covid-19 briefing note

We’ll be aiming to provide these updates twice-a-week while local restrictions are in place…

Why we have extra restrictions in Wrexham

Ian Bancroft – Chief Executive
Mark Pritchard – Leader of the Council

Since Tuesday last week, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Wrexham has risen from 33.1 to 126.5 per 100k population (on a rolling seven-day basis).

The positivity rate is now 8.8%.

We should all be worried.

And it’s the reason that local measures were introduced last Thursday to help fight the virus in Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy.

There’s absolutely no doubt that Covid-19 is spreading in our community, and that we need these extra restrictions to help bring it under control.

Increase in per 100k cases in Wrexham

A lot of people questioned why the measures were being introduced last week.

Some people were frustrated and didn’t want more rules and disruption in their lives, and that’s totally understandable. We’re all suffering with ‘pandemic fatigue.’

But the data proves it was the right thing to do. Coronavirus is on the increase in Wrexham and most of North Wales, and we need these extra measures if we’re going to fight back.

However, they’ll only work if we all stick to them. So please stick to them…

  • Don’t travel out of county unless it’s for work or education.
  • Don’t meet indoors with people outside your household.

It’s not just ‘the youth’…it’s all of us

There’s been a lot of concern about young people catching and spreading the virus, but the highest rate of increase at the moment is among 40 to 59 year olds.

So it’s not just ‘the youth’…we all need to stick to social distancing – whether we’re at work, on public transport, visiting the town centre or anywhere else outside of our household.

The few people who choose not to social distance are being pretty selfish – they’re putting themselves and others at risk, and will make it more difficult for Wrexham to get on top of the virus and away from extra restrictions.

Please also remember to clean your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and wear a face-mask in shops and on public transport.

If we work together, we can help keep Wrexham and the people we love safe this autumn.

Thank you for everything you’re doing. Together, we can beat this virus.

Full details of restrictions in Wrexham can be found on the Welsh Government website.New restrictions in Wrexham

How to get a test

Councillor Hugh Jones – Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

A crucial part of the fight against coronavirus is to make sure you isolate and get a test as soon as you have any symptoms.

Testing is a key part of the Test, Trace and Protect approach in Wales, and we all need to do our bit and act quickly if we think we’re displaying any signs of the virus.

Symptoms include:

  • A new continuous cough.
  • A high temperature.
  • Loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

If you develop any of these symptoms, the first thing you need to do is follow the self-isolation guidance on the Welsh Government website.

The second thing you need to do is apply for a test. Again, you can find out how to do this on the Welsh Government website.

You can also apply for a test using the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone.

If you’re a key worker, you may be offered a test at the Maelor Hospital facility.

Tests in Wales involve either a single dry swab taken from the back of the throat, or a combined throat and nose swab.

Taking swift action can be the difference between containing the virus, or helping it spread. So please act quickly and help keep Wrexham safe.

In case you missed it…

Important Wrexham stories and announcements from the past few days…

Local lockdown – guidance on going to school

Improvement notice served on the Red Lion in Marchwiel

Grant funding available for town centre businesses