Kerry’s one-day record total of newly diagnosed COVID cases has been smashed twice in a matter of days – but the incidence rate in the county remains relatively low in comparison to others as numbers deteriorate nationwide.
n October 12, 51 new cases were confirmed in Kerry, breaking the previous one-day record of 36 set just four days previously.
Prior to that, the highest number of cases confirmed in a single day in Kerry had stood at 30. A total of 140 new cases have been confirmed in Kerry in the last seven days alone, brining the daily average for the last week to 20.
This is the first time the average has hit 20 since records began in March; the previous record had been 17.29, set on April 14.
At the time of going to print, it was not clear which area or areas in Kerry were being worst-affected as the county records unprecedented levels of the virus.
While the Government has been regularly updating a map outlining the incidence of COVID-19 in Local Electoral Areas, this has not been updated since October 5.
Incidence of the virus countywide for the past two weeks has, unsurprisingly, risen sharply and has now hit 144.9 cases per 100,000 people.
While this is a massive increase in one day from 113.1, and is almost seven times higher than the incidence rate at the start of the month (21.0), Kerry’s incidence rate still remains firmly within the bottom half in the county-by-county breakdown.
Kerry’s incidence rate remains well below the national average of 177.2, and it ranks 17th out of the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland.
Cavan has the highest incidence of COVID-19 at 412.2 cases per 100,000 people, while Waterford has the lowest incidence rate at 66.3. Just six counties now have an incidence rate below 100.