Thursday, April 16, 2020

A new map published by the HSE reveals how Covid-19 has spread into almost every community in Co Mayo with the bulk of cases appearing in the counties urban centres.

The map, based on data compiled up to midnight on Sunday last, April 12, shows the locations of each of the Covid-19 cases in Mayo.

At that stage, there were 198 confirmed cases in the county and the map shows clusters of cases in the large urban areas of Ballina, Castlebar and Westport, while also revealing a significant cluster of cases in Erris where there have been over a dozen confirmed cases.

But there is no part of Mayo that hasn’t been touched by this virus. There are three cases on Achill Island while there are also cases spread across south and east Mayo, although the vast majority of these appear to be single cases as opposed to a cluster.

Cases in Mayo have risen rapidly since the beginning of the month. On March 31, there were just 36 cases in the county but halfway through April, this figure has risen by 500 percent, to 216 as per HSE figures announced yesterday. Furthermore, the leap from 0 cases to 100 took 21 days but the rise from 100 to 200 took just 10.

The HSE map also shows the majority of Galway’s 220 cases (as of April 12) are in the city with the rest of the cases spread across the county.

There are a total of 12,547 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland confirmed as of yesterday’s HPSC briefing with 444 Covid-19 related deaths in the country. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Yesterday’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 13th April (11,261 cases), reveals:

  • 55% are female and 45% are male, with 413 clusters involving 2,244 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,968 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 280 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,872 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,850 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 829 cases (7%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 42%, travel abroad accounts for 6%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are continuing to monitor the course of this disease across a range of indicators – not only in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported but also through hospital and ICU admissions, clusters and patterns of transmission.

“While a number of these parameters are going in a positive direction, it is clear that we need to keep going in our efforts, on an individual level, to limit the spread of this virus.

HSE map of Covid-19 cases in Ireland

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