Covid cases in Cumbria begin to decrease as county passes ‘peak’ of Omicron wave

Cases of Covid-19 in Cumbria have decreased in the last seven days, this comes as the director of public health says the county has reached the peak of the current wave.

Despite the case rate per 100,000 people still being above the national average, cases for the last seven days have started to decrease.

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The case rate for Cumbria for the seven days up to January 11 is 1,457.4 per 100,000 people. This is compared to 1,240.1 per 100,000 people nationally.

Workington North and Seaton recorded the highest number of cases for the last seven days with a case rate of 2,150.8 per 100,000 people.

An interactive map produced by the Government using data from Public Health England shows how many people have tested positive for the virus in each area during a seven-day period.

The data is broken down by postcodes.

The latest interactive map for the seven days to January 11 uses Middle Layer Super Output Areas, which are smaller than council wards and based on population rather than geographical area.

The rates for each borough per 100,000 people are as follows:

  • Allerdale – 1,606.9
  • Barrow – 1,560.1
  • Carlisle – 1,547.1
  • Copeland – 1,600.5
  • Eden – 1,160.8
  • South Lakeland – 1,217.3

These are the hyper-local Cumbria areas with more than 1,600 cases per 100,000 people:

  • Maryport, Dearham and Crosby – 1,767.1
  • Flimby, Ellenborough and Broughton Moor – 1,686.7
  • Workington North and Seaton – 2,150.8
  • Harrington, Stainburn and Great Clifton – 1,629.5
  • Workington East – 1,924.1
  • Keswick and Derwent Valley – 1,625.2
  • Parton and Distington – 1,866.3
  • Mirehouse, Woodhouse and Kells – 1,681.3
  • Egremont and Moor Row – 1,948.2
  • Millom and Duddon Valley – 1,791.4
  • Roose – 1,705.5
  • Abbotsmead and Salthouse – 1,747.3
  • Parkside – 1,635.8
  • Barrow Central – 1,725.2
  • Raffles and Morton – 1,869.7
  • Longsowerby and Caldewgate – 1,709.3
  • Denton Holme and Harraby – 1,659.5
  • Currock and Upperby – 1,714.6
  • Botcherby and Harraby – 1,855.8

Colin Cox, director of public health for Cumbria, said: “Although the latest data shows cases are still very high, we think the peak of this wave may have passed and we should begin to see rates fall now – though it is too early to know how schools going back might impact on this.

“It’s important we all remain incredibly cautious over the coming weeks however and ensure case rates do indeed come down.

“Continue to get tested regularly and self-isolate if you’re positive. Keep your distance from others wherever possible. Wash your hands regularly and wear face masks in busy public spaces.

“Also, please make sure you get your first, second or booster vaccines as soon as you possibly can. If you haven’t had your first or second vaccine yet, it’s not too late. You won’t be judged or asked why by anyone – but please book it now.

“Our NHS and care services remain under pressure and it’s important people know the NHS remains ready to care for you if you need help – but consider using 111 online for less urgent health concerns and be understanding of the pressures on the incredible NHS staff who are doing their very best in challenging circumstances.”

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