By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS had 45 new Covid cases today, bringing the county’s virus incidence to 941 per 100,000 people.
Today’s figures also show that Laois had 797 new cases during the fortnight up to midnight last night.
It means that well over one-third (about 38%) of all cases in the county, since the pandemic began, occurred during those two weeks alone.
Today’s cases bring the county’s overall total to 2,091 today. The figure on the Covid Tracker App will remain at 2,046 until tomorrow evening, when the county breakdown is updated.
Despite a recent surge in cases, Laois still has the fifth lowest virus rate nationally, as most other counties have suffered even higher spikes in the disease.
Laois remained in 22nd place out of the 26 counties today, in terms of virus incidence. The county’s 14-day incidence remains considerably lower than the national average, which is 1,448.8 today.
It was another black day nationally, as 63 deaths and 3,569 cases were announced. Five of these deaths were in November and one was in December, while the remaining 56 occurred this month. The date of death for one reported death remains under investigation.
Total deaths nationally since the pandemic began have reached 2,460, out of 159,144 confirmed cases. Validation of data resulted in the denotification of 16 confirmed cases today.
At 2pm today, 1,770 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, with 172 in ICU. There were 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Portlaoise hospital had an all-time high of 22 confirmed Covid patients last night, including seven in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, commented: “We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope from them, but we have a long, long way to go. In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to Covid-19 increase day on day.
“At this challenging time, it is important to remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them. No one should ignore any worrying signs that may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to Covid-19.”
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 12 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s Cases (to midnight 12/1/21)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14 days to midnight 12/1/21)||New Cases during last 14 days (14 days to midnight 12/1/21)|