The worst of the COVID-19 surge appears to be behind us with the number of new cases diagnosed in Kerry falling dramatically in recent weeks.
cross the county, the number of new COVID cases being diagnosed in Kerry has plummeted by 80 per cent since late December.
The most recent figures for Kerry’s six Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) – published last Thursday by the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) – show that incidence rates and new case numbers are falling in all parts of the county.
In Tralee, the local incidence rate has fallen from 1,098 per 100,000 in early January to 175.6 at the start of February. The figures for the 14 days from January 18 to February 1 showed that a total of 309 new COVID cases were diagnosed in Kerry during that two-week period.
That represents an 80-per-cent fall on the two weeks from December 29 to January 11 – the height of the surge in Kerry – when 1,559 new cases were detected in the county.
The incidence rates in all six of Kerry’s LEAs are now also well below the national average of 455 cases per 100,000 people.
In Tralee, 58 new fortnightly cases (down from 363 in January) saw the incidence rate in the county capital at 175.6.
In the Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle) LEA, where 42 new cases were diagnosed during the latest two-week period examined by the HPSC, the local incidence rate was 296.2 per 100,000.
It was the highest rate in Kerry but still well below the national average. Between December 29 and January 11, there were 122 cases in the area.
The Killarney LEA had the second highest rate, at 280.3 per 100,000, following the diagnosis of 83 new cases in the area. From December 29 to January 11, there had been 426 cases in the area.
In the Listowel LEA, the local incidence rate was 184.8 after 53 new cases were diagnosed, down from 232 cases on January 11.
An increase 47 new cases in the Kenmare LEA – which covers the entire Iveragh peninsula – saw the local rate stand at 187.5.
Across Iveragh, the fortnightly case numbers are down significantly when compared with early January, when 251 new diagnoses saw the LEA identified as having the highest incidence rate in Munster. In Castleisland, 26 new cases (down from 165 in January) meant the LEA had an incidence rate of 151.6 per 100,000.