By Rachael Grealish
New COVID cases are finally beginning decrease across Cumbria, but remain high, the latest figures showed.
According to statistics released today, Thursday October 4, by Cumbria County Council, there were 2,307 new cases in the county.
This is a decrease of 400, or 15 percent, from the 2,707 new cases last week.
Copeland overtook Allerdale in having the greatest number of new cases, with 513 new cases, and for the third week in a row the west cumbrian borough had the highest rate of new cases (754 new cases per 100k population).
However, new cases decreased from the previous week in all districts except Eden (in Eden new cases increased by three percent).
Rates in Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Allerdale were above the national and regional average rates (England 415 and North West 389 new cases per 100k population respectively).
For the first time in weeks school-aged children didn’t account for the greatest numbers of new cases.
In fact, the 40-49 and 50-59 age groups overtook the 12-18 and 5-11 age groups in having the greatest numbers of new cases in Cumbria (+384 and +370 new cases respectively).
However, the 12-18 and 5-11 age groups did still account for, by far, the greatest rates of new cases in Cumbria (912 and 843 new cases per 100k population respectively).
Unfortunately, the number of COVID-related deaths rose from the previous week as a further 21 deaths – within 28 days of a positive test – were reported.
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 seven, from the previous week.
Furthermore, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC decreased by 18 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 one from the previous week.
Additionally, the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by one from the previous week.
The full list of statistics can be found here.