New statistics show COVID-19 rates increased last week in most of Clare.
While there has been an improvement in figures for West Clare, the number of cases in the four other local electoral areas here all increased.
However, there is evidence of a tapering off of the growth rate here.
Localised data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reveals the Kilrush Local Electoral Area has had 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the two weeks leading up to last Monday, October 19th.
Its rate per 100,000 population now stands at 271.5 – an almost 45% decrease on this time last week.
It’s the only area in Clare to show a decrease however as the four other electoral areas in the Banner county have increased, some significantly.
Ennistymon saw the largest increase, 31 cases recorded in two weeks has brought the 14-day incidence rate in the area to 188.9, an increase of over 80%.
Killaloe also saw a large jump, despite only recording 24 cases in the same period, its incidence rate has increased by 50% to 119.4.
This is in contrast to Ennis and Shannon which saw smaller increases of roughly 10% and 15% respectively.
These figures only cover up until last Monday, and so don’t include the 23 new confirmed cases here for Tuesday and Wednesday.
That’s much lower than levels typically seen in recent weeks and should this trend continue, then it’s quite possible that the local area stats will show an improvement when updated next week.