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Tragic toll as Mayo Covid deaths reach 200

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CASE LOAD As of 8pm on Sunday evening, MUH had 26 patients with Covid-19, but no Covid patients in its Intensive Care Unit.

Case numbers in the county increased by more than 20 percent in less than two months

Anton McNulty

The total number of people to have died as a result of contracting Covid-19 in Mayo has reached 200, the latest Central Statistics Office data reveals.
The data on Covid-19 deaths and cases, released by the CSO last Friday, shows that from the start of the pandemic to Friday, October, 29, 200 people have lost their lives in Mayo as a result of Covid-19.
The data also shows that Mayo now has the sixth highest number of Covid-19 deaths by county in the country behind Dublin with 1,799 deaths, Cork (470), Kildare (303), Limerick (246) and Louth (207). Eight of the deaths in Mayo occurred since the beginning of September, and the median age of people to have died is 84.
The HSE daily Covid-19 updates of acute hospitals have revealed that as of 8pm on November 7, Mayo University Hospital had 26 patients with Covid-19. However, no Covid-19 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
The latest INMO trolley watch figures show that as of Monday morning, eleven MUH patients were waiting for a free bed. This figure is markedly down on last week, when the trolley watch figure for MUH was at 35.
Of the other acute hospitals in the west, there were 32 Covid-19 cases in Galway University Hospital, eleven in Sligo University Hospital and seven in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Cases soaring
The latest figures revealed that as of October 29, the total number of cases in Mayo had reached 11,467. This is an increase of 21.6 percent since September 3, when the figure was at 9,429. The number of cases in October has risen week on week, with 145 weekly cases recorded on October 1 and 302 cases for the week ending on October 29. The median age of people to have contracted Covid-19 has risen to 35, having fallen to 32 in mid October.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) revealed that the number of cases in the county continues to rise. As of midnight on November 4, the number of Covid-19 cases in Mayo over a 14-day period is at 742, which is an increase from 509 cases recorded last week. The number of confirmed cases in the seven days up to November 4 was 463.
The 14-day incidence rate up to November 4 per 100,000 population is now at 568.6, which is below the national average of 768.4 for that period.
Leitrim still has the highest 14-day incidence rate in Connacht, with 983 cases per 100,000, followed by Galway on 675.4 and Sligo on 595.1 while Roscommon has the lowest incidence rate of 564.

Belmullet’s dramatic change
The latest Covid-19 cases per electoral area shows that the Belmullet Electoral Area has the lowest incidence rate of any electoral area in the country, with just 12 cases recorded over the 14-day period up to November 1. Its 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population was just 95.2. The next lowest rate nationally was in the Thurles Electoral Area, where the incidence rate was 278.6.
At the beginning of the year, the Belmullet Electoral Area had the highest number of cases in Europe with an incidence rate of 2,111.1.
Despite the low number of cases in the Belmullet Electoral Area, its neighbouring electoral areas did not have low case rates. In the Castlebar Electoral Area, 226 cases were recorded, taking its incidence rate to 753.5, which is above the national average.
There were 135 cases recorded in the Ballina Electoral Area, taking its incidence rate to 537.6, while 98 cases were recorded in the Westport Electoral Area, where the incidence rate was 533.2.
In each of the Claremorris and Swinford Electoral Areas 82 cases were recorded. The incidence rate for Swinford was 474.4, while it was 302.1 for Claremorris.

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