New figures from the CSO have shown there were a further eight COVID-related deaths in Kildare between Friday 5 and Friday 12 February.
As of the latter date, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the county stood at 220. The median age of deaths is 82.
And, at midnight last Friday (19 February), the total number of confirmed cases in the county had reached 9,546. Between 12 February and last Friday, Kildare had an additional 309 cases of the virus.
Meanwhile, Kildare Local Electoral Area (LEA) had the highest 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in the county between 2 and 15 February – 102 cases and a rate of 396.9. Second-highest was Naas (151 cases and a rate of 385.9), followed by Newbridge (95 cases, 267.7) and Maynooth (78 cases, 262.4).
Clane had 65 cases, an incidence rate of 228.6 per 100,000 population; Leixlip had 36 cases and a rate of 227; while Athy had 50 cases and a rate of 188.4. The lowest was Celbridge – 37 cases and an incidence rate of 171.1.
On Sunday, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn explained that “while the level of disease in our communities remains very high, we are still making progress”.
And he urged people not to “underestimate the power of your actions as we seek to protect the gains we have made and further reduce transmission. This week, please continue to work from home unless essential and do not visit other households unless for essential reasons or as part of a support bubble.”