COVID LATEST: New Cases Remain Stable But High As Kids Still Account For The Greatest Numbers In Cumbria

By Rachael Grealish

The number of new COVID cases remained stable, but high, in the last week – with youngsters still accounting for the greatest numbers.

According to statistics released today, Thursday October 28, there were 2,702 new cases in Cumbria – this is no change from 2,702 new cases in the previous week.

Once again it was the 12-18 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria followed by the 5-11 age group which had 535 and 378 new cases respectively.

The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups also accounted for by far the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (1,439 and 1,018 new cases per 100k population respectively).

Although they accounted for the greatest number of cases, new cases actually decreased from the previous week in the 12-18 and 5-11 age groups (one percent and 16 percent respectively).

In other groups new cases increased from the previous week in the 19-24, 30-39, 40-49, 60-69 and 70-79 age groups.

As for the different Cumbrian districts, Copeland had the highest rate of new cases (811 new cases per 100k population), for the second consecutive week.

Rates in Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Allerdale were above the national average (England 483 new cases per 100k population).

Furthermore, rates in Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness, Allerdale and Carlisle were above the regional average (North West 447 new cases per 100k population).

Allerdale overtook Carlisle in having the greatest number of new cases, with 561 new cases.

New cases increased from the previous week in Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland and Allerdale (15 percent, 12 percent and 6 percent respectively).

However, new cases decreased from the previous week in South Lakeland, Eden and Carlisle (16 percent, 12 percent and 7 percent respectively).

By week ending Wednesday October 27 there were 16 deaths – within 28 days of a positive test – reported in Cumbria.

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

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

However, the number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased by the from the previous week.

Additionally, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by two from the previous week.

As the vaccination programme rolls out for children aged 12-15 the total percentage of Cumbrians fully vaccinated (of which are able to) now stands at 80.5 percent.

The full list of statistics can be found here.