COVID LATEST: New Cases Remain Steady But High In Cumbria

By Rachael Grealish

New COVID-19 cases remain steady throughout Cumbria, but high as still over 1,000 people tested positive in the last week.

According to statistics released today, Thursday August 12, by Cumbria County Council, new cases increased just two percent by week ending August 6.

There were 1,056 new cases in Cumbria (an increase of 23, from 1,033 cases in the previous week.

In the last week Allerdale overtook Copeland in having the greatest number of new cases – with 235 new cases.

But for the fourth week in a row Copeland had the highest rate of new cases (326 new cases per 100k population).

Rates in Copeland and Barrow-in-Furness were above both the national and regional average rates (298 and 292 new cases per 100k population respectively).

New cases also increased from the previous week in Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow-in-Furness.

Allerdale experienced the greatest numerical and proportional increase – of 21 percent.

However, new cases decreased from the previous week in Eden, Carlisle and South Lakeland.

It was the 30-39 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, with 169 new cases, and it was the 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (481 new cases per 100k population).

New cases increased in all age groups except the 12-18, 19-24, 25-29 and 30-39 age groups.

And it was the 40-49 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases compared to last week.

New cases in the under 50 age group accounted for 75 percent of total new cases (compared to 78 percent in the previous week).

The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 2.7 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group (compared to 3.3 times higher in the previous week).

New cases in the under 50 age group decreased by 2 percent compared to a 17 percent increase in the 50+ age group.

While the number of new COVID-related deaths still remain low, unfortunately another four people lost their lives to the virus in the last week, according to statistics provided by GOV.uk.

Well over three quarters of Cumbrian adults, 78.1 percent, have now been fully vaccinated, according to GOV.uk – this is approximately 334,930 people throughout Cumbria.

As for the pressure on the NHS, by week ending Tuesday, August 10, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased from the previous week.

However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC decreased from the previous week.

Both 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) changed very little from the previous week.

The full list of statistics can be viewed here.