By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS has the fifth lowest Covid-19 rate in Ireland.
Today’s figures show that the county had 13 new cases in the 24 hours up to midnight last night.
The increase gives Laois a 14-day Covid incidence of 219.6 per 100,000 people, compared to a national rate of 306.1.
Only four other counties have a lower Covid incidence than Laois. They are Kilkenny, Waterford, Wicklow and Tipperary.
Laois currrently comes 22nd out of the 26 counties in terms of Covid incidence per 100,000 people, which is the most accurate barometer of coronavirus rates across Ireland.
Having spent most of this month in 19th or 20th position, Laois fell to 22nd place based on the latest figures announced this evening.
In the 14 days up to midnight last night, Laois had 186 new coronavirus cases.
Total cases in the county since the pandemic began have reached 713, before the addition of yesterday’s cases. The county total confirms that Laois had 15 new cases on Wednesday, rather than 19 as announced by the Department of Health. Four cases were subsequently denotified.
Nationally, seven deaths were reported today and all occurred in October.
Another 777 confirmed cases nationwide were also reported, with 182 in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath and 41 in Cork. The other 387 cases are spread across the 21 remaining counties.
Of the cases notified today, 66% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 33.
As of 2pm today, 319 Covid patients are hospitalised, including 37 in ICU There were 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Commenting on today’s figures, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “15,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 over the last 14 days. It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full ten days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease. Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.”
The lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on 3 July, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,878 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and 55,261infections nationwide.