Cumbria’s local Covid spikes by neighbourhood keeping infection high

Cumbria has got a new hyper local coronavirus hot spot – and it is not in the areas that were placed under Tier 2 local lockdowns.

In October, both Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle were placed under Tier 2 restrictions due to Covid outbreaks in both parts of Cumbria. It meant that people could not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting, unless they lived with them or had formed a support bubble with them. These measures will be overridden come Thursday (October 5) when the new lockdown comes in across all of England.

Now, in the most recent testing data available from Public Health England, the worst hit part of the county is in Allerdale.

Specifically, Workington West has the worst infection rate in all of Cumbria, with 470.2 new cases per 100,000 people in the week to October 29.

This is a staggering 411.1% increase on the previous week, with 46 people testing positive for Covid-19 over the most recent seven days of available data.

The data has been mapped using Middle layer Super Output Areas. These are local areas with an average population of just 7,200 people, providing accurate localised insight into the transmission of Covid. Currently, the map is showing cases in the week to October 29.

The second worst hit area was in Barrow, with the neighbourhood of Roose seeing cases rise by 37.5%. A further 33 cases has put its infection rate at 432.6.

In the Whitehaven Harbour & Corckickle area of Copeland, the current rate of infection sits at 321.1 new cases per 100,000 people. This was a real-time increase of 112.5% compared to the previous seven days, with 17 new cases over the week.

Penrith Central & West in the Eden borough has the fourth worst rate at 346. But this is a real-time drop of 18.7%, with 26 new cases recorded. The previous week saw 32 new cases.

The Carlisle hyper local area of Longsowerby & Caldewgate also saw cases drop, this time by 11.5%. But the neighbourhood’s rate of infection remains high at 317.9 after 23 new cases of the virus were recorded by PHE.

The 24 hyper local areas in Cumbria with the worst Covid infection rates in the week to October 29:

  • Workington West (Allerdale) – 470.2 (41 new cases)

  • Roose (Barrow-in-Furness) – 432.6 (33 new cases)

  • Whitehaven Harbour & Corckickle (Copeland) – 321.1 (17 new cases)

  • Penrith Central & West (Eden) – 346 (26 new cases)

  • Longsowerby & Caldewgate (Carlisle) – 317.9 (23 new cases)

  • Carlisle Belah (Carlisle) – 296.1 (21 new cases)

  • Swarthmoor & Low Furness (South Lakeland) – 271.9 (21 new cases)

  • Hawcoat & Furness Abbey (Barrow-in-Furness) – 265.6 (20 new cases)

  • Orsmgill & Hindpool (Barrow-in-Furness) – 262.1 (17 new cases)

  • Walney Island South & Barrow Island (Barrow-in-Furness) – 258.4 (16 new cases)

  • Wetheral, Corby & Geltsdale (Carlisle) – 250.3 (22 new cases)

  • Ulverston (South Lakeland) – 245.9 (20 new cases)

  • Barrow Central (Barrow-in-Furness) – 242.7 (16 new cases)

  • Brampton & Irthing (Carlisle) – 240.6 (16 new cases)

  • Dalton South (Barrow-in-Furness) – 234 (13 new cases)

  • Kingmoor, Houghton & Whiteclosegate (Carlisle) – 231.2 (24 new cases)

  • Kendal North & Burneside (South Lakeland) – 226.7 (20 new cases)

  • Denton Holme & Harraby Green (Carlisle) – 221 (21 new cases)

  • Currock & Upperby (Carlisle) – 220 (15 new cases)

  • Millom & Duddon Valley (Copeland) – 213.9 (21 new cases)

  • Parkside (Barrow-in-Furness) – 212.4 (14 new cases)

  • Botcherby & Harraby (Carlisle) – 210.1 (20 new cases)

  • Central Carlisle (Carlisle) – 207.2 (17 new cases)

  • Abbotsmead & Salthouse (Barrow-in-Furness) – 200 (15 new cases)

Lancs Live – Cumbria