Longford incidence rate now 6th highest in country
It hasn't been a great day for Longford according to the latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
Daily figures published this evening show that 17 new cases of the disease were recorded in Longford up to midnight, February 23.
This has resulted in the county's 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population rising to 286.3, from 254.4 per 100,000 yesterday.
It means Longford has jumped to having the 6th highest incidence rate in the country (yesterday Longford had the 11th highest incidence rate).
Longford is one of fourteen counties that has an incidence rate higher than the national average of 231.4.
NPHET says there has been 117 positive Covid-19 cases in Longford in the last 14 days.
The total number cases of Covid-19 in Longford since the pandemic began stands at 1,497 (1,480 as at February 22, plus the 17 cases, pending verification, reported by NPHET for February 23).
Nationally, NPHET also reported that the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 56 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
31 of these deaths occurred in February, 13 occurred in January, 3 in December or earlier, while a further 9 are under investigation. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 16 - 97 years. There has been a total of 4,237 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of 8am today, 652 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 137 are in ICU. 35 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of midnight, Tuesday 23rd February, the HPSC has been notified of 574 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 216,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
285 are men / 287 are women
67% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 34 years old
175 in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties. **
The 5-day average for new cases is 700 per day while the seven-day incidence is 108.4 per 100 k population.
As of February 21, 353,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:
222,073 people have received their first dose
131,898 people have received their second dose
Dr Ronan Glynn is Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.
“We continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained. It is vital that we get our children back to school over the coming weeks. A key part of making this a success will be our continued collective buy-in to the public health measures that are tried and tested. Stay at home, work from home where possible.
“Given the increased transmissibility of the virus now, we must continue to limit our social contacts and do all we can to starve this disease of opportunities to spread,” Dr Glynn said.
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