Athleague West was one of the electoral divisions worst hit by Covid-19 when factoring in population size, with 8.8 per cent of the population diagnosed.
New analysis of national figures by the Sunday Times shows the small rural area is third in Ireland for the number of cases per head of population, after Co Monaghan’s Crosslare, with 10.8 per cent of the population affected, Dublins Lucan North, which had 8.9 per cent of the population diagnosed.
The Kepak meat plant in Athleague suffered a significant outbreak during the lockdown.
Most of the top 20 electoral divisions by rate of infection contain either a nursing home or a meat processing plant that experienced an outbreak of coronavirus.
Roscommon appeared again in the top 20. The Cams electoral division came in 14th, with 4.9 cases per 100 people. The Sonas Nursing Home at Cloverhill experienced a devastating outbreak, with 22 residents and 16 members of staff testing positive for coronavirus in early May. A number of residents have passed away with the virus.
For Co Roscommon as a whole, 0.7 per cent of the population was infected by the virus, according to HPSC figures.