The Letterkenny local electoral area now has the highest 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate in Ireland, new HSE data shows.
The area is the worst-affected after Buncrana/South Inishowen, which had the country’s highest rates last week.
Milford has also moved from one of the least-affected areas to one of the ten worst hit regions.
The latest HPSC figures show that 116 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in Letterkenny between the dates of November 3 to November 16. The incidence rate is 389.4 – more than three times the national average of 121.3.
Letterkenny University Hospital also has the highest number of Covid-19 patients in Ireland alongside University Hospital Limerick. As of 8pm last night, there were 36 patients with Covid-19 at LUH, including two people in critical care and one further suspected case of Covid-19 in ICU.
Buncrana’s fortnightly rate has dropped by 152 to 384 over the course of the week. There were 86 new cases detected in the two weeks up to 16th November.
The Covid incidence rate in the Milford area has jumped from 196.1 to 326.1 per 100,000, as the number of new cases grew to 45.
The Glenties area also recorded an increase in cases this past fortnight, with 41 new cases detected. While in the Donegal region, the number of new cases has increased to 38.
Carndonagh recorded 59 new cases between 3rd – 16th November. Covid transmission rates have decreased again in the Lifford-Stranorlar area, where the fortnightly case number has dropped from 73 in the previous period to 60.