County’s 14-day Covid rate rises above 50

While there was no significant rise in the number of case in Co. Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday), it was confirmed that the county’s 14-day Covid-19 rate has risen sharply in recent days and is now at 54.2 cases per 100,000 of the population.

Yesterday the Department of Health was notified of 234 new cases nationally, bringing the total number of cases to 33,675.

Sadly, there were also two new coronavirus-related deaths, which means the total number of people to have died from the virus in Ireland is 1,794.

Between September 8th and 21st there were 35 new cases in Roscommon, meaning the county now has the eighth-highest incidence rate in the country.

In the two weeks leading to September 20th, Roscommon had a 14-day incidence rate of 43.4 cases per 100,000 of the population. This compares with a rate of 29.4 cases per 100,000 between September 2nd and 15th.

The news locally came as HSE chief executive, Paul Reid, said he was “very concerned” about the number of people in hospital with Covid-19.

He took to social media on Monday night to address this “very concerning trend” and urge people “to ignore noises” which suggest otherwise.

He added: “We all have to protect our family, friends and health workers from being the next number. Please let’s do it. We can”.

Meanwhile, An Tánaiste Leo Vardakar confirmed yesterday that he was “restricting his movements” after he was in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case. The Tánaiste received a negative Covid-19 test result but is continuing to follow public health advice.