By Rachael Grealish
Deaths remain low, but COVID-19 cases continue surge throughout Cumbria, the latest figures show.
According to the statistics released today, Thursday July 15, by Cumbria County Council, there was a 68 percent increase in new Coronavirus cases.
By week ending Friday July 9, were 2,016 new cases in Cumbria – an increase of 817, from 1,199 cases in the previous week).
For the third week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases with 558 cases.
However, unlike the trend last week, Allerdale overtook Carlisle in having the highest rate of new cases (515 new cases per 100k population), followed closely by Carlisle and Copeland (513 and 471 new cases per 100k population respectively).
But, Carlisle wasn’t alone, cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts.
Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland’s rates were all above both the regional and national average rates (455 and 339 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Allerdale also experienced the greatest numerical and proportional weekly increases in new cases (an increase of 351 new cases, 231 percent from the previous week).
The 19-24 age group accounted for by far the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, with 493 new cases.
The 19-24 age group also accounted for by far the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (1,758 new cases per 100k population).
New cases increased in every age group, with the 19-24 age group experiencing the greatest numerical increase – 248 more new cases than in the previous week.
Cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 88 percent of total cases – these people as less likely to be doubly vaccinated.
The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 6.6 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group.
And new cases in the under 50 age group increased by 68 percent compared to a 69 percent increase in the 50+ age group.
COVID-19 related deaths remain low – unfortunately the virus claimed one life, in Barrow-In-Furness, by week ending Wednesday July 14, within 28 days of a positive test.
As for the pressure on the NHS, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) both
increased from the previous week.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) did not change from the previous week.
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased from the previous week.
According to statistics for GOV.uk, almost three quarters of all Cumbrian adults, 71.5 percent, have been fully vaccinated and 87.3 percent have had one vaccination.
The full list of statistics can be viewed here.