By Rachael Grealish
Over 150,000 adults in Cumbria have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the latest statistics show.
Published today, Thursday March 4, it’s been confirmed over one third of the county’s adults (over 152,500 people) have revived their first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfzier vaccine.
South Lakeland has vaccinated the most of its population of all the boroughs – this over 40 percent (37,000) of their population. (View the full vaccination statistics below).
The statistics also showed the number of new case had decreased, again, as had the number of new deaths.
However, sadly, another 63 people lost their lives (up to February 19) to the deadly virus – this is a 14.8 percent decrease on the 74 deaths the previous week.
Allerdale, had the largest number of deaths, with 15.
New positive COVID-19 cases dropped by over a third (34 percent) this week with 368 new cases in Cumbria – 188 from 556 cases in the previous week.
Allerdale had the greatest number of new cases for the second week in a row, with 106 new cases, and replaced Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases 108 new cases per 100k population.
New cases decreased from the previous week in all the Cumbrian districts except Eden, where new cases increased by three percent – or by one new case.
Figures showed the 55-64 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 25-34, 45-54 and 35-44 age groups.
In the last week there were decreases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria, except the 85+ age group.
The greatest proportional decreases were seen in the 12-18 and 75-84 age groups, where new cases decreased by 69 percent and 55 percent respectively.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status decreased again from the previous week in both North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) by 52 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
Along with this the pressure was also eased, slightly, as the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds decreased from the previous week in both NCIC and UHMB by 40 percent and 20 percent respectively.
Yesterday, Wednesday March 3, it was one year to the day the first positive COVID-19 case was identified in Cumbria.
Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health reflected on this on social media – lamenting on those who’ve lost their lives and praising local services for their hard work throughout the county’s grip on the pandemic.