By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS has dropped out of the top five Covid counties, although the virus rate is still well above the national average.
The county has 10 new cases, with a 14-day virus incidence of 295.2 per 100,000 people.
This is up slightly from 294 yesterday and compares to a national average of 240.4.
After five days with the fifth highest Covid rate in Ireland, Laois dropped to sixth out of the 26 counties today. Laois had 250 confirmed virus cases in the 14 days up to midnight last night.
Neighbouring Offaly still has the highest Covid rate in the country, at 441.2 per 100,000 people.
Nationally, 45 deaths and 575 new cases were reported today. Four of the deaths occurred in January and the rest were in February.
The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 55 – 104.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 4,181 deaths out of 216,300 confirmed cases.
As of 8am today, 693 Covid patients are hospitalised, of whom 150 are in ICU. There have been 37 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of last Saturday (20 February), 350,322 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered: 219,899 people have received their first dose and 130,423 people have received their second dose.
County-by-county cases and incidence rate
- the 7 day incidence is 109.9
- the 5-day moving average is 737
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 22/2/21)||5 day moving average||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population||New cases during last 14 days|