There were no Covid-19 related deaths reported in Cork during the 11 weeks leading up to August 21st.
New data published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today shows that up to that date, there had not been a Covid-19 related death reported in Cork since early June.
Nationally, 1,525 people with Covid-19 were reported to have died up to August 21st, while a further 251 deaths are cited as “probable deaths linked to the virus.”
A total of 49 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Cork since the beginning of the pandemic.
The median age of those who have died is 83 years.
While there have not been any Covid-19 related deaths reported in Cork in almost three months, the number of cases being reported in Cork is continuing to rise.
The CSO’s Covid-19 Deaths and Cases series shows up to August 21st, a total of 1,617 Covid-19 cases had been reported in Cork, and the median age of those affected was 46.
An analysis of the data shows that in the 14 weeks between May 22nd and August 21st, cases were reported in Cork during 13 weeks.
There were no cases reported during the week ending June 19th, and on two occasions less than five cases had been reported over the course of an entire week.
However, the number of cases being reported in Cork is rising, and while only single-digit weekly increases in cases were reported from the week ending June 6th up to July 31st, over the last three weeks for which data is available, at least 13 new cases have been reported in Cork each week.
The latest CSO report also shows that more than half (53%) of confirmed cases nationally are now linked to an outbreak, while workplace outbreaks have increased from 3% to 12% since mid-April.
In Cork, at least 28 Covid-19 cases reported between the week ending July 31st and August 21st related to outbreaks.
The report also shows the average number of contacts per case has increased from less than three in May to more than six in the week ending 14 August.
It says that an analysis of contacts from the HSE’s Covid Care Tracker (CCT) system shows there was very little difference in the number of contacts across different age categories in May, however, over the following months this changed and now the 15-24 age group has an average of more than 11 contacts, while for the over 80s, the average number of contacts has remained at just over two.
It comes as the latest official figures show 28,453 Covid-19 cases have been identified in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak, with 1,629 cases reported in Cork up to August 25th.
On Thursday night, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, confirmed that 44 Covid-19 cases had been reported in Cork over the previous 14 days, accounting for 3 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
Nationally, 1,777 people with Covid-19 have died.