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Castlebar is county’s current hotspot


Anton McNulty

The latest data released from the Central Statistics Office shows a mixed picture for Mayo.
The latest series of Covid-19 deaths and cases released by the CSO on Friday last, December 17, shows that up to Friday, December 10, 210 people in Mayo had died after contracting Covid-19. The data shows that six of those deaths were recorded in the two-week period following November 26.
As a result of the increase in deaths, Mayo remains the fifth-highest number of Covid-19 deaths by county in the country, just ahead of Donegal, which had 208 deaths up to December 10. The only other counties with more deaths are Dublin with 1,896 deaths, Cork (496), Kildare (314), Limerick (267) and Louth (220).
The latest CSO data also show that there has been at least one Covid-related death in Mayo every week since November 12.
The median age for deaths in Mayo remains that same at 84 years, while there has also been no change in the median age of cases, which is 35 years.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in Mayo up to December 10 stands at 15,491, which is 13,064 less than the total number of cases in Co Galway. Despite having almost twice as many cases as Mayo, Galway’s total number of deaths is much lower at 153.

Case numbers
Meanwhile there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases over a 14-day period in Mayo compared to last week’s figures. The latest 14-day Covid-19 figures for Mayo released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 1,020 new cases up to December 16. On December 9, the previous 14-day figure stood at 1,276.
As a result of the reduction in cases, the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population for Mayo now stands at 781.6, which is well below the national average of 1,276.4.
There was also a reduction in the number of cases over a seven-day period, with 423 cases recorded up to December 16. This was down from 587 on December 9.

MUH cases double
The latest Covid-19 daily-operations figures for acute hospitals in Ireland show that there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Mayo University Hospital since last Sunday.
At 8pm on Sunday there were 14 Covid-19 cases in MUH, which is an increase from seven from last Sunday.
Of the 14 cases, three are in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. There is just one ICU bed free in the hospital, and only five general beds free.
The INMO’s national trolley-watch campaign has revealed that as of yesterday morning,  27 patients were waiting on trolleys in MUH – 18 in the A&E and nine in wards.

The latest figures for the electoral areas in the county show that the Castlebar Electoral Area remains the Covid blackspot in Mayo, with 334 cases confirmed in the 14-day period up to December 13.
The incidence rate per 100,000 population for the electoral area is now at 1,113.6 – which is high, but below the national average for that period of 1,305.1.
The Claremorris Electoral Area recorded the next-highest number of cases, with 209, which brought its new incidence rate to 770.1.
The number of cases in the Westport Electoral Area remains high for its population, with 184 cases recorded. Its incidence rate is at 1,001.2. The Ballina Electoral Area has the next-highest number of cases, with 182, and an incidence rate of 724.8.
The Swinford Electoral Area recorded 140 new cases, which took its incidence rate to 809.9, while the Belmullet Electoral Area remains the lowest in Mayo, with 81 new cases. Its incidence rate stands at 642.9.