The latest Covid-19 data for the week to 8th January shows a 39% increase in new cases. There were a total of 3,489 new cases in Cumbria, from 2,517 the week previous.
For the 4th week in a row Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases (+1,251 new cases). Carlisle also had the highest rate of new cases for the 2nd week in a row (1,151 new cases per 100k population).
Carlisle, Eden and Allerdale’s rates were above the national and regional average rates (England = 652 and North West = 643 new cases per 100k population).
New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts, with the biggest proportional increases in Copeland and Barrow-in-Furness
(+110% and +84% respectively).
The 45-54 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria, followed closely by the 25-34 age group. There have been increases in new cases in all age groups in Cumbria from the previous week.
The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) increased by 68% and 59% respectively from the previous week.
The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in NCIC also increased by 63% from the previous week, while the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in UHMB increased by 2%.
There are now around 270 people being treated in north Cumbrian hospitals.
Sadly, a further 59 people have died from COVID-19 in the seven days to 12 January. This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Cumbria since the start of the pandemic to 833.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:
“We remain in an extremely serious situation. In the very latest provisional data, there are some early signs that the rate of increase in new infections may be slowing, but the infection rate is still very high.
“Even if that trends continues, we can expect the very high numbers of people requiring hospital care, and increasing deaths, to continue for some weeks. This is putting our local NHS system under intense pressure.
“I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is that we all follow the lockdown rules. The virus spreads when people come into contact, we must do everything we can to stop unnecessary contact with other people. Where being in contact with others is unavoidable, keep your distance, wear a mask, wash your hands - it does make a difference.”