Four local areas have higher COVID rates than national average

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Four of Galway’s ten local electoral areas have recorded 14-day COVID rates higher than the national average this week.

Tuam LEA has the highest rate in the county at 563 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants, after 187 new cases were reported there in the two weeks to 11 October.

Ballinasloe has the county’s second highest two-week incidence rate with 484 cases per 100,000 people (136 new cases).

A total of 119 new cases were recorded in Galway City East, taking its rate down to 447.5, while Gort-Kinvara’s rate rose to 408 (96 new confirmed cases).

The rate has remained relatively steady in Connemara, with Conamara North LEA’s rate  rising slightly to 215 (37 new cases) and Conamara South LEA’s rate rising to 136 (29 cases).

The 14-day incidence rate in Athenry-Oranmore increased again this week to 308 (101 cases) while Loughrea has the third lowest rate in the county at 289 after just 67 new cases were reported in the area in two weeks.

Galway City Central LEA had 94 new confirmed cases in the fortnight to 11 October, taking the rate there to 352, and Galway City West’s rate now stands at 311 with 79 new cases reported there.