By Rachael Grealish
The number of new COVID cases dropped in Cumbria, but almost two dozen people died in the last week.
According to statistics released today, Thursday October 21, there were 2,702 new cases in Cumbria, a decrease of 296, or 10 percent,from 2,998 new cases in the previous week.
Carlisle reported 540 new cases, overtaking Allerdale for having the greatest number of new cases this week.
However, new cases decreased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, except in Copeland where new cases increased by 16 percent.
Furthermore, Copeland overtook Barrow-in-Furness in having the highest rate of new cases (720 new cases per 100k population).
But, rates in all Cumbrian districts, except Eden, were above the regional and national averages (North West 462 and England 449 new cases per 100k population).
Once again it was children, specifically those in the 12-18 age group, who accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria followed by the 5-11 age group (542 and 448 new cases respectively).
The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups also accounted for by far the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (1,480 and 1,202 new cases per 100k population respectively).
However, new cases decreased from the previous week in the 12-18 and 5-11 age groups (25 percent and 7 percent respectively).
Even with a decrease in cases 23 COVID-19 related deaths were logged in Cumbria – with the largest occurrence of deaths, seven, in Copeland.
As for pressure on the NHS, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased by 16 from the previous week.
Furthermore, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased by 10 from the previous week.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC increased by 6 from the previous week.
However, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB decreased by 2 from the previous week.
As the vaccination process rolls out for under 16s and booster jabs for those vulnerable currently, in Cumbria 85.7 percent of people over 12 have now been fully vaccinated.
To view the full list of statistics can be viewed here.