There were 16 positive Covid-19 cases detected in county Louth in the two weeks to midnight on Monday.
As of the same time, the 14 day incidence rate per 100,000 population in the county sat at 12.41, which compared to just 5.43 when lockdown was first imposed.
Louth is one of 14 counties in Ireland where the 14 day incidence rate is now above 10. Outside of the areas in lockdown – Kildare, Laois, Offaly – Louth and Carlow, Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary and Wexford are the other counties in question.
Of those counties, Louth’s 12.41 incidence rate is the lowest of those. On average, there have been 96 new cases daily over the last five days. The most recent figures for the county show 811 positive cases in Louth since the pandemic arrived on these shores.
As of August, their were 225 positive cases detected in Drogheda and approximately 120 in the Dundalk area with a further 59 in the nearby Castletown area. 30 positive Covid-19 cases were detected in Ardee and 91 in Termonfeckin, after an outbreak at the Sunhill Nursing Home.
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Speaking in a video message released by the Department of Health on Wednesday evening, acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said; “Workplace outbreaks have been well documented and the large ones that you know about account for about 360 of the cases reported in recent weeks. Another 40 cases have been linked to the construction sector recently. And as you may be aware, we also had six clusters linked to Direct Provision in recent weeks, with about 90 cases linked to these.
“However, these outbreaks are just part of the story. For example, while they account for approximately 500 cases between them, we’ve had over 1200 cases reported in the last 14 days alone. Last week, we had approximately 75 clusters in families or extended families. Now this is an entirely normal product having to deal with a virus which is as infectious as Covid is, but it does highlight the fact that the virus is still out there in our communities.
“About 3%, or 36 cases, over the past 14 days have been travel related. Over 200 have been confirmed as community transmission, which is that we don’t know where they came from and a further 200 remain under investigation” he continued.
“We’ve all seen cases in clusters linked to sporting activities. But of more concern to our public health doctors on the ground, have been the number of contacts that have had to be followed up as a consequence of intermingling of different titles as a result of socialisation around sporting activity, house parties, other social engagements and car sharing.”