Covid cases are on the rise in Cumbria, with a 156% increase last week. There were 197 new cases, from 77 cases the previous week. South Lakeland had the greatest number of new cases. However, Eden had by far the highest rate of new cases. Copeland has seen 24 new cases. There were no deaths in the County.
The 'R-rate' for the region is 0.9 to 1.1.
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: "COVID infections in Cumbria have increased sharply over the last few days as a result of the new Delta variant.
“We’re exploring all options that could help us bring this under control and see case rates moving in the right direction again. We’re currently in discussions with government and when we know more about what these measures will look like, we’ll let everyone know.
“Compared to other parts of the country, our case rates remain relatively low. However, the rate at which they’re increasing is causing concern.
“Thankfully, there were only a small number of hospital admissions which is a positive sign the vaccine programme is having an impact. However, we cannot take this for granted and if cases continue to rise at the current rate this will change.
“Until we know more about other measures we can introduce to help slow the spread, it’s increasingly important that people make sensible choices and follow the government guidelines."
• South Lakeland has seen 44 new cases;
• Eden’s rate was just above the national average rate (73 new cases per 100k population) but below the regional average rate (192 new cases per 100k population);
• Rates in all other Cumbrian districts remained below both the national and regional average rates;
• New cases increased from the previous week in all Cumbrian districts;
• South Lakeland experienced the biggest numerical weekly increase in new cases, while Carlisle experienced the biggest proportional increase in new cases;
• The 19-24 age group accounted for the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (+36 new cases);
• The 19-24 age group also accounted for the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria (128 new cases per 100k population);
• The rate of cases in the under 50 age group was 3.8 times higher than the rate of cases in the 50+ age group;
• However, the 50-59 age group experienced the greatest numerical increase in new cases (22 more new cases than seen in the previous week).
Health & Hospitalisations:
Summary for week ending Tuesday 15th June:
• There were no new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC);
• The average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) increased from the previous week, however, this increase was extremely small;
• The number of new patients admitted with COVID-19 Positive status and the average number of patients with COVID-19 in beds in University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) both increased from the previous week, however, these increases were also extremely small.
• In the week to Friday 4th June 2021 there were no COVID-19 related death occurrences in Cumbria.
Impact on Sectors:
• The situation in care homes remains stable with very low numbers of current outbreaks;
• Numbers of outbreaks in education settings remain relatively low however there has been a large increase in numbers of incidents (positive cases).