Just two Galway areas now have COVID rates below national average

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Eight of the ten local electoral areas in Galway now have COVID-19 incidence rates higher than the national average, new data has shown.

Gort-Kinvara and Loughrea are the only areas with rates lower than Ireland’s average – which was 372 cases per 100,000 people when the data was taken this week.

Galway City Central LEA, with the highest rate in the county again this week, is the only area in the county with an incidence rate over 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

A total of 284 new cases were reported in the Galway City Central LEA in the two weeks to 2 August, taking its two-week rate to 1,064 cases per 100,000 people.

Galway City West had 144 new cases in 14 days, which means its rate is now 568 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while Galway City East’s rate now stands at 703 after 187 new cases were confirmed there.

Conamara South’s incidence rate is the highest it has been this year at 745 cases per 100,000 people (159 new cases in two weeks). Conamara North’s rate is just above the national average at 378, with 65 new cases reported there.

In Tuam LEA, the rate is now 485 with 161 new cases confirmed in the 14 days to August 2, while Athenry-Oranmore’s rate is 375 (123 new cases) and Ballinasloe’s rate is 448 (126 new cases).

Gort-Kinvara’s incidence rate – 285 cases per 100,000 people – the lowest in the county. A total of 67 people tested positive in the Gort-Kinvara LEA in 14 days, while Loughrea’s rate is just below the national average, at 358 (83 new cases in two weeks).

Galway Daily