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Mayo’s Covid cases continue to rise

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TESTING TIMES A medic leans in to take a swab from a member of the public at the drive-through Castlebar Covid test centre at MacHale Park. Pic: Michael McLaughlin


Anton McNulty

The Belmullet Electoral Area continues to have the lowest rate of Covid-19 cases in the country but Westport now has one of the highest rates.
The number of new Covid-19 cases in Mayo continues to rise with the latest figures showing there was 1,223 new cases recorded a 14-day period.
The Westport Electoral Area witnessed a sharp increase in the last two weeks with 256 new cases recorded in a 14-day period up to November 8. The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in the electoral area now stands at 1,393, which is one of the highest in the country. The national average for that 14-day period is 924.1.
While the Westport Electoral Area has one of the highest rates in Ireland, the neighbouring Belmullet Electoral Area has the lowest despite an increase in cases in the last week.
The latest figures show that there were 25 new cases in the Belmullet Electoral Area in a 14-day period and the incidence rate is only at 198.4, the lowest in the country.
The number of cases in the electoral area which covers Erris, Achill and west of Newport is by far the lowest in the county with the remaining electoral areas all recording in excess of 100 cases.
The most new cases were recorded in the Castlebar Electoral Area with 282 new cases and an incidence rate of 940.3 while 239 cases were recorded in the Ballina Electoral Area which took its incidence rate to 951.8.
There was a sharp increase in cases in the Claremorris Electoral Areas which increased by 124 percent from last week’s figure of 82 to 184. The incidence rate now stands at 677.9.
There was also a big increase in cases in the Swinford Electoral Area with 147 new cases and it brings its incidence rate to 850.4.

65 percent increase
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) revealed that in a 14-day period up to midnight on November 11, there were 1,223 new cases recorded in Mayo -  an increase of 65 percent on the previous week’s figures. As a result of the continued increase in cases, the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population now stands at 937.1 and increase from last week’s figure of 568.6.
The increase in cases in the county has not resulted in an increase in hospitalisations of Covid patients in Mayo University Hospital. As of 8pm on Sunday evening, there were 17 Covid-19 cases in the Castlebar hospital, which was up six on last week’s figures. The HSE daily Covid-19 updates of acute hospitals indicated that none of those 17 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital but there was also one one free ICU bed available.

 

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