Number of Covid-19 cases in Offaly continues to rise as county's Incidence Rate hits unwanted milestone

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Number of Covid-19 cases in Offaly continues to rise as county's Incidence Rate hits unwanted milestone

Number of Covid-19 cases in Offaly continues to rise as county's Incidence Rate hits unwanted milestone

The number of new Covid-19 cases in Offaly continues to rise as the county's Incidence Rate has hit an unwanted milestone.

The latest figures from  the National Public Health Emergency Team show that there were 66 new cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total for the last 14 days to 796. For the first time, the county's 14 Day Incidence Rate per 100,000 has exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 of population. The rate for the county now stands at 1021.

That means that one in every 100 people in the county has been diagnosed as having the virus in the last 14 days.

As of midnight, Tuesday, January 12, the HPSC has been notified of 3,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now been a total of 159,144* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today 1,119 are in Dublin, 416 in Cork, 200 in Galway, 182 in Louth, 169 in Waterford, and the remaining 1,483 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,770 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU. 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 63 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Five of these deaths occurred in November 2020, one of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 56 occurred in January 2021. The date of death for one reported death remains under investigation.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily cases numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope in 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.

“The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks. To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.

“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 they 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.”