By Rachael Grealish
The number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased, again, in Cumbria but deaths have hit a record high.
The latest figures published today, Thursday February 4, show another 95 people lost their lives due to the virus in week ending January 22.
This is another devastating increase from the 85 deaths recorded in the previous week.
29 of these deaths were recorded in care homes – Carlisle and Allerdale having the largest number of care home deaths with eight each.
59 deaths were in hospitals and, overall, Copeland recorded the lowest number of deaths due to the Coronavirus.
This is the highest number of deaths recorded in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.
However, the statistics also showed there were 1,321 new cases in the county – a decrease of 599, or 31 percent, from 1,920 cases in the previous week.
The borough of Copeland had the largest proportional decrease in cases, down by 43 percent (from 250 new cases in the previous week to 143 this last week), but Allerdale had the smallest proportional decrease, only down by 17 percent (from 371 new cases in the previous week to 309).
Overall new cases decreased in all the county’s districts.
For the seventh week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases – with 380 – and also had the highest rate of new cases for the fifth week in a row with 350 new cases per 100k population.
For the fourth week in a row the 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 25-34, 55-64 and 35-44 age groups.
There were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week, except the 0-4 and 5-11 age groups.
However, cases in the 0-4 and 5-11 age groups remained stable, continuing to account for the smallest numbers of new cases in the county.
The biggest proportional decrease in new cases related to the 85+ age group, where new cases fell from 142 in week 3 to 71 in week 4 – a decrease of 50 percent.
It is still unknown whether this has any correlation with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Hospitals under the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) felt the strain of the pandemic, again, in the last week as the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status increased by 39 percent.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB also increased by 20 percent.
After an increase in the previous weeks hospitals under the North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) has a larger decrease, this week, of 39 percent of the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status.
The NCIC also had a 15 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 latest figures show.
The full list of this week’s figures can be viewed HERE.