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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February 2020 to 19 February 2021

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 25

Information on the people who have died due to COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus.

Key Findings:

  • There were 146 COVID-19 related deaths in the week ending 19 February
  • In the week ending 19 February 2021, 88% of deaths were among people aged 65 years and over
  • The number of cases for the week ending 19 February was 4,360, a decrease of 1,109 cases from the previous week
  • In the week ending 19 February, Dublin accounted for 1,642 cases or 38% of all new cases
  • While the number of new cases has fallen nationally by 20%, this varies across counties froma 56% decrease in cases in Wexford to a 28% increase in Clare
  • There were 229 health care workers diagnosed with the virus in the week ending 19 February, this is the lowest weekly figure since the week ending 30 October
  • Hospitalisations have been decreasing since the week ending 15 January and were 301 in the week ending 19 February from a peak of 1,367
  • ICU admissions have been decreasing since the week ending 08 January when there were 127 admissions to seven in the week ending 19 February
  • The average number of contacts per positive case per week was three in the week ending 19 February, down from six contacts in the week ending 25 December
  • In the last four weeks, there have been 1,689 cases linked to an outbreak in nursing homes, 382 linked to residential institutions and 414 linked to hospital or a community hospital/long-stay unit
  • There were 637 cases (14%) linked to an outbreak in the workplace in the last four weeks

This is the twenty-fifth publication in our series of information bulletins produced by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), that aim to provide insights into those who have either died from or contracted COVID-19, by using data from the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) provided to the CSO by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and data from the HSE’s Swiftcare (A2i) and COVID Care Tracker (CCT) systems. This Bulletin covers the period from 28 February 2020 to 19 February 2021.

Deaths

For the week ending 19 February, 146 deaths were recorded among confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Throughout the pandemic, most deaths have occurred in the older age groups. In the week ending 19 February 2021, 88% of deaths were in people aged 65 years and over.

There were 54 deaths in Dublin in the week ending 19 February. Cork (18) and Kildare (12) were the only other counties to record more than 10 deaths in the week.

0-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
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22/016.127.566.4
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12/029.126.464.4
15/0212.333.654.1

Confirmed Cases

For the week ending 19 February, the number of weekly cases was 4,360, a decrease of 20% from the previous week.

Those aged 25-44 made up 30% of confirmed cases in the week ending 19 February with those aged 65 and over making up 11%.

There were 229 health care workers diagnosed in the week ending 19 February, this is the lowest weekly figure since the week ending 30 October.

Dublin accounted for more than a third (1,642) of all new cases for the week ending 19 February and it was the seventh week in a row that weekly cases in Dublin have fallen. Galway was the county with the second highest number of new cases (320) for the week ending 19 February.

This is the sixth week in a row that Leitrim has recorded less than 50 new cases. This is the fourth week in a row that Roscommon has recorded less than 50 new cases and the second such week for Kerry, Kilkenny, Longford and Sligo.

Figure 2 shows how although the number of new cases has fallen nationally by 20%, this varies across counties from a 56% decrease in Wexford to a 28% increase in Clare.

County% change
Carlow-24.2
Cavan-36.1
Clare27.5
Cork-33.5
Donegal13.9
Dublin-21.8
Galway-33.6
Kerry-37.8
Kildare0
Kilkenny21.6
Laois-17.2
Leitrim-44.1
Limerick-4.1
Longford-20.4
Louth-14.3
Mayo-0.7
Meath-39.2
Monaghan-34.2
Offaly-8.8
Roscommon-33.3
Sligo-45.5
Tipperary17.3
Waterford-12.1
Westmeath-17.9
Wexford-56.4
Wicklow-17.3

Hospitalisations

Hospitalisations have been decreasing since the peak of 1,367 in the week ending 15 January and were 301 in the week ending 19 February. ICU admissions have also decreased from the peak of 127 in the week ending 08 January to seven in the week ending 19 February. (Note: These figures may need to be adjusted if someone’s condition worsens as there is a time lag between onset of symptoms and hospitalisation.)

Contacts

The average number of contacts per positive case per week was three in the week ending 19 February, down from six contacts per case in the week ending 25 December. This implies details of more than 13,000 close contacts were recorded in the week.

In this bulletin the CSO includes in Table 6 analysis of the average number of close contacts per case by County. From Figure 3, the range of average close contacts per case in the week ending 12 February can be seen, from an average of two contacts per case in Mayo to four per case in Offaly.

Counties
Mayo1.9
Monaghan2
Carlow2.1
Waterford2.1
Wicklow2.1
Tipperary2.3
Dublin2.4
Limerick2.4
Sligo2.4
Donegal2.5
Kildare2.5
Louth2.5
Cork2.6
Kerry2.6
Meath2.6
All counties2.6
Cavan2.7
Kilkenny2.7
Laois2.7
Wexford2.7
Galway2.9
Leitrim2.9
Longford3
Roscommon3
Westmeath3
Clare3.4
Offaly3.7

Outbreaks

Public Health report outbreaks to HPSC and link cases to these outbreaks. This process is taking longer with the recent surge in case numbers. Public Health are prioritising the reporting of outbreaks in key settings e.g. RCFs, hospitals. Therefore, the number of private house outbreaks is underestimated.

From Table 7 it can be seen that in the last four weeks 7,259 cases have been linked to an outbreak and of these 1,689 (35%) were in nursing homes, 414 (9%) were in hospital or a community hospital/long-stay unit and 382 (8%) were in residential institutions. The over 80 age group made up 28% of all cases linked to an outbreak over this period.

There were 637 cases (14%) linked to an outbreak in the workplace in the last four weeks.

Referrals and Testing

There were 81,121 referrals for community testing where a valid reservation was recorded in the week ending 19 February. Referrals for testing decreased in the last week, in particular among the 0 – 14 age groups, which fell from 5,687 to 4,739 in the week ending 19 February. Some 39% of referrals were from GPs in the week ending 19 February, this is a decrease from 79% in the week ending 01 January. Analysis on referral speciality type shows that while residential settings/ institutions/ schools’ referrals for testing have remained consistent for the last number of weeks, healthcare/ essential worker testing has increased by 6,212, while general COVID-19 testing has fallen by 7,480 in the week ending 19 February.

Weekly testing numbers from HSE labs and hospitals show there were 107,182 tests completed in the week ending 19 February. The positivity rate in the week ending 19 February was 5.4%, down from 5.6% the previous week.

0 - 14 years15 - 24 years25 - 44 years45-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
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15/01711316645540004303584677374
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12/02568711256325382527147023458
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Underlying Conditions

Due to the recent surge in cases there are a large volume of deaths and cases where underlying cases are unknown in recent weeks, therefore the current numbers of cases with underlying conditions are likely to be underestimated. This data is being reviewed by HPSC and for this reason, information on underlying conditions has not been included in this bulletin.

For further COVID-19 related information go to the CSO COVID-19 Information Hub

Show Table: Table 1 Profile of COVID-19 Deaths and Cases up to and including Friday February 19 2021

Show Table: Table 2 & 2A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Deaths

Show Table: Table 3 & 3A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Show Table: Table 4 & 4A Weekly Electoral Division (ED) Analysis of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Show Table: Table 5 Average Contacts per Positive COVID-19 case by Age Group

Show Table: Table 6 & 6A Weekly Profile of New COVID-19 Cases who are Subsequently Hospitalised

Show Table: Table 7 & 7A Weekly Profile of Confirmed Cases linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Show Table: Table 9: Weekly Referrals for Community COVID-19 Tests, Tests Completed and Positivity Rate

Full statistical tables can be downloaded here:

Table 2: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 2-2A (XLS 34KB)

Table 3: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 3-3A (XLS 43KB)

Table 4: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 4-4A (XLS 45KB)

Table 6: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 6-6A (XLS 25KB)

Table 7: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 7-7A (XLS 57KB)

Table 9: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 25 - Table 9. (XLS 19KB)

 

Further Information

Contact
E-mail: Steven.Conroy@cso.ie