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Mayo has third lowest Covid-19 incidence rate in country

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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

Every Mayo electoral area below national Covid-19 average

Edwin McGreal

Mayo has the third lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC).
With an incidence rate per 100,000 population of 977.7, only Cavan (964.9) and Limerick (902.0) have a lower rate.
It means Mayo has the lowest rate in Connacht for the period in question, the two weeks from November 26 to Thursday, December 9.
The figures are clustered quite close together with Leitrim on 983.0, Roscommon on 1000.9, Sligo on 1023.9 and Galway on 1141.2.
Meanwhile every electoral area in Mayo is below the 14-day average for Covid-19 incidence.
For the two week period from November 23 to December 6, the national average per 100,000 is an incidence rate of 1,355.1.
All six electoral areas in Mayo are below that number.
The highest is Castlebar Electoral Area, with 371 cases in those two weeks, an incidence rate of 1237.0.
Next is Claremorris Electoral Area with 306 cases, an incidence rate of 1,127.4.
Westport Electoral Area is third highest with 925 cases, a rate of 925.0.
Swinford is next with 148 cases, a rate of 856.2 with Belmullet the second lowest with 106 cases and a rate of 841.3.
It means Ballina Electoral Area has the lowest incidence rate with 199 cases among its population of 25,110, meaning an incidence rate of 792.5.
In terms of confirmed cases at Mayo University Hospital, there were seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the hospital at 8pm on Sunday evening, placing it at the lower end of confirmed hospital cases in the country.
For context, the Mater Hospital is highest with 47 while Galway University Hospital has 16 confirmed cases.
Of those seven confirmed cases, one is in Intensive/Critical Care.