FERMANAGH currently has the highest Covid infection rate in the North, with cases having skyrocketed locally over the past week.
In fact, the county may have just witnessed its worst pandemic week in terms of number of cases so far.
According to figures from the Ministry of Health, the number of positive cases of Covid in postcode areas of Fermanagh has doubled every week over the past month. In the seven days leading up to Monday this week, there were 636 cases of Covid in the ZIP code areas of Fermanagh. This is against 309 the previous week and 163 the previous week.
While the actual number of Covid cases in some other areas, such as Belfast, was higher than in Fermanagh, the per capita infection rate in postcode areas of Fermanagh is the highest in the north.
Indeed, Fermanagh’s four postcode areas each occupied the top four spots in the north for infection rate over the past week.
The Enniskillen region of BT74 had the highest rate in the North as a whole, with 188 cases in the past seven days, representing an infection rate of 1,063 per 100,000 population.
The BT93 area of Derrygonnelly, Belleek and Kesh, which once had the lowest rate in the North over an extended period, had the second highest infection rate in the past week. There have been 119 cases there, which represents a rate of 1,053.
The third highest rate in the North was in the Ballinamallard and Irvinestown region of BT94, with 161 cases and a rate of 996. The fourth was in the BT92 region of Lisnaskea and Derrylin, where there were 168 cases representing a rate from 969.
For the same period, the average infection rate for the entire North was 528.
In the wider Fermanagh and Omagh Council area, there have been 1,077 cases in the past seven days, with a rate of 917. The vast majority of cases have been among young people, with 355 among 20-39 year olds. and 372 among those under 19. -years.
While the numbers are increasing among the older groups, they are doing so at a slower rate as the age groups get older, showing the success of the vaccine rollout.
Meanwhile, there are 29 Covid patients in SWAH, two of whom were in intensive care.
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Posted: 10:45 a.m. Aug. 18, 2021