By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria experiences a steep rise in new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the last week.
According to statistics released today, Thursday June 17, by week ending Friday June 11, there were 197 new cases in Cumbria – an increase of 120, or 156 percent from the 77 cases in the previous week.
South Lakeland had the greatest number of new cases, with new cases, however, Eden had by far the highest rate of new cases (75 new cases per 100k population).
Eden’s rate was just above the national average rate (73 new cases per 100k population) but below the regional average rate ( 192 new cases per 100k population).
Rates in all other Cumbrian districts remained below both the national and regional average rates.
Overall, new cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, but it was South Lakeland experienced the biggest numerical weekly increase in new cases, while Carlisle experienced the biggest proportional increase in new cases.
According to the figures the 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, with 36 new cases – this age group also accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (128 new cases per 100k population).
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.8 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
However, the 50-59 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases (22 more new cases than seen in the previous week).
Unfortunately, 12 lives across Cumbria were lost to COVID-19, according to GOV.uk figures by week ending Wednesday June 16.
South Lakeland had four deaths, Copeland had five, and Eden had three, all within 28 days of a positive test.
Things were slightly more positive for the NHS as there were no new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC).
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased from the previous week, however, this increase was extremely small.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) both increased from the previous week, however, these increases were also extremely small.
The latest figures also show that a,one with 80 percent of Cumbria’s adult population having had their first dose of the vaccine, over 240,000 adults, or 58 percent, have had both doses.
Leading the way is Allerdale and South Lakeland are leading the way as both have over 60 percent of their adult population completely vaccinated, with the other districts not far behind.
At the moment the situation in care homes remains stable with very low numbers of current outbreaks.
Also, numbers of outbreaks in education settings remain relatively low however there has been a large increase in numbers of positive cases.
To read the full statistics via Cumbria County Council click here.