Listowel LEA has highest COVID-19 incidence rate in Munster

The Listowel Local Electoral Area has seen a further increase in the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and now has the highest 14 day incidence rate in Munster.

That’s according to figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the Health Service Executive.

They show that of the other local electoral areas in Kerry, the rates are down in Killarney, Corca Dhuibhne, and Kenmare in the past two weeks.

There’s been an increase, however, in the incidence rate in the Tralee and Castleisland LEAs, as well as the overall county figure.

These figures show that for the two weeks up to this Monday, the Listowel Electoral Area had a rate of 634.7 cases per 100,000 population.

This is the highest rate in any electoral area in Munster; it’s the third worst along the western seaboard, and is more than double the national average of 307.6.

It also marks an increase from last week when the 14 day incidence rate in the Listowel LEA was 565 cases per 100,000 population.

The figures show there were 182 confirmed cases in the area in the two weeks up to Monday.

The Tralee LEA’s rate has increased by 80% since last week; it’s now has 317.8 cases per 100,000 population, up from 176 last week; there were 105 new confirmed cases in the Tralee LEA in the past two weeks.

The Castleisland LEA has a rate of 145.8 cases per 100,000, up from 105 last week; there have been 25 new confirmed cases in the area in the past fortnight.

There’s been a drop in the 14 day incidence rate in the Killarney LEA; it’s now 229.7 cases per 100,000 population, down from 250 last week; there were 68 confirmed cases in the LEA in the last two weeks.

Kenmare LEA’s rate has also dropped to 99.8 from 164 last week; there have been 25 confirmed cases in that area in the past two weeks.

The Corca Dhuibhne LEA rate is also down to 56.4 from 70 cases per 100,000 population last week; there have been eight confirmed cases of the virus in the LEA in the past 14 days.

Overall Kerry’s 14 day incidence rate is up to 270.8 from 248 cases per 100,000 last week.

Kerry is among 10 counties that have experienced an increase in this rate since the Level 5 lockdown was put in place last week.

There were 400 new cases confirmed in Kerry in the two weeks up to midnight Wednesday.