One of the deaths was at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), while the other 18 have all been in care homes.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) updates the numbers of deaths in care homes every week. The latest figure, which has seen the death toll rise significantly, combines deaths over the seven days up to January 15 – along with any previously unregistered deaths.
Of the 18 newly confirmed deaths 16 were at care homes in the Shropshire Council area, and two in the Telford & Wrekin Council area.
In a shocking escalation of the situation the figures show that there have been 22 Covid deaths in county care homes between January 7 and 15.
It means that 218 people are now confirmed to have died with Covid in the county's care homes – 161 in Shropshire and 57 in Telford & Wrekin.
The latest update from NHS England means that 383 people have died with Covid while in the care of the county's NHS trusts – 355 at SaTH, 22 at Shropshire Community Health Trust, and six at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital near Oswestry.
According to the ONS 154 people have so far died with the virus in Powys.
NHS England announced 842 hospital deaths, taking the death toll in the country's hospital to 62,295.
An NHS England spokesman said: "A further 842 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 62,295.
"Patients were aged between 28 and 104 years old. All except 35 – aged 54 to 94 years old – had known underlying health conditions.
"Date of death ranges from December 4 to January 18, with the majority being on or after January 11.
"Their families have been informed."