There has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in County Roscommon. This evening the Department of Health announced that seven new cases had been confirmed in the 24 hours leading up to midnight yesterday, February 21st.
On Sunday evening, no new cases in the county were announced by the department, the first time in months that this had happened.
Despite the increase in cases, the county’s Covid 14-day incidence rate remains one of the lowest in the country, standing at 106.9 as of yesterday with the national average at 240. In the 14 days leading up to February 21st, 69 cases were identified in the county.
In neighbouring counties, there were less than five in Leitrim and Longford, 19 in Mayo, eight in Sligo, 11 in Westmeath, 18 in Offaly, and 21 in Galway.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of one additional death related to Covid-19. There has been a total of 4,137 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Sunday 21 February, the HPSC has been notified of 686 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 215,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
325 are men and 354 are women
66% are under 45 years of age
the median age is 34 years old
278 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth, 31 in Donegal and the remaining 259 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
As of 8am today, 726 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 156 are in ICU. There have been 33 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities. It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February.
“In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against Covid-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated. For now, each of us has a range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal – by keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face masks and staying at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease. Our collective efforts move us closer to the continued reopening of our schools and the resumption of non-Covid healthcare services.”
As of last Friday, February 19th , there have been 340,704 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:
214,384 people have received their first dose
126,320 people have received their second dose