By Rachael Grealish
The number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased, again, in Cumbria but deaths continue to rise throughout the county’s hospitals.
The latest figures published today, Thursday January 28, show there 1,913 new cases in Cumbria in the week ending January 22, which is a decrease of 724, or 27 percent, from 2,637 cases in the previous week.
Another 85 deaths were recorded – 60 in hospital and 20 in care homes – this is another sharp rise in comparison to the 53 in the previous week (and 25 the week before) making a 60 percent increase.
For the sixth week in a row Carlisle had the largest number of new cases with 591, however this is a 36 percent decrease on the 924 new cases last week.
The city also had the highest rate of new cases for the third week in a row with 544 new cases per 100k population – this is above both the national rate (385 new cases per 100k population) and the regional rate (410 new cases per 100k population).
Barrow-in-Furness was also, again, above the national and regional rates and had the smallest proportional decrease in new cases of the virus.
For the third week in a row the 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 55-64, 35-44 and 25-34 age groups.
There were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week, except the 85+ age group.
Hospitals under the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) really felt the strain of the pandemic in the last week as the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status increased by 113 percent.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB also increased by 16 percent.
After an increase in the previous week hospitals under the North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) finally saw a decrease of 28 percent of the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status.
The NCIC also had a three percent decrease of patients with the virus in beds.
There are still a number of incidents and positive cases across all education settings, however numbers have fallen slightly compared to the previous week the lasted figures show.