COVID-19 latest: 27 people being treated at Cork hospitals, incidence rate lower here than many counties

COVID-19 latest: 27 people being treated at Cork hospitals, incidence rate lower here than many counties

27 people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night (Tuesday, May 5) being cared for at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy Hospital. Picture Denis Minihane.

Twenty-seven people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night (Tuesday, May 5) being cared for at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy Hospital.

Figures released by the HSE show that at 8pm last night, 14 people with confirmed COVID-19 and six people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at CUH.

At the Mercy hospital, one person with confirmed COVID-19 and six people with suspected COVID-19 were receiving care.

Nationally 902 people with either suspected or confirmed COVID-19 were being treated at 28 acute hospitals around the country, a small decrease on the previous day when 927 people were on site at the hospitals.

There has also been a small decrease in the number of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 at critical care units around the country, from 110 on Tuesday down to 105 yesterday.

More than half of these patients (59) were ventilated.

In Cork, four people with confirmed COVID-19 and one person with suspected COVID-19 were receiving intensive care at critical care units in CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours yesterday.

Meanwhile, latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,177 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to midnight on Sunday, May 3rd.

Cork now accounts for 5.4 per cent of all cases nationally, and has the third highest number of cases reported in the country. 

Dublin has reported the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 10,670 cases confirmed there.

It is followed by Kildare where 1,280 cases have been reported.

However, the incidence rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 people is lower in Cork than in many other counties.

The latest data shows the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork is 216.8, the seventh lowest figure in the country.

Cavan has the highest cumulative incidence rate at 911, followed by Dublin at 791.9.

The HPSC report shows that there has been no daily increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 reported amongst healthcare workers in the HSE South region, which comprises Cork and Kerry.

The number of clusters or outbreaks of the disease in the region has also remained stable at 130, with almost half of these reported in private houses.

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