Covid-19 back on the retreat in Laois local areas but incidence still above average

Latest rates from Portlaoise, Portarlington Graiguecullen, Borris Mountmellick Local Areas

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


Covid-19 new cases surge in Portlaoise

Laois Local Electoral Area Covid-19 map -darker shaded area reflects higher incidence

The incidence of Covid-19 is well above the national average in the two most populated electoral area of Laois according to the latest official figures.

The latest Local Electoral Area (LEA) breakdown published on March 4 on the Covid-19 Ireland data hub covers the second half of February from February 16 to March 1.

The Datahub figures show that there were 92 new cases in Portlaoise in the 14 days covered by the latest data. 

The new cases mean the latest incidence has is now 289.4 per 100,000 population down from 286.2 per 100k in the 14 days to February 14. However, it is well above the national incidence of 201.2 per 100 k.

The population of the Portlaoise LEA is 31,794 people with more than 20,000 living in the county town environs. It includes Abbeyleix, Ballyroan and Ballinakill.

The latest figures from the Portarlington Graiguecullen district show that there were 97 cases in the two weeks to March 1.

The incidence has fallen to 345.2 per 100k.

The population in this LEA is 28,096. It includes Stradbally, Timahoe, Ballylinan, Ballyadams, Killeshin, Crettyard, Killenard, Ballybrittas. It borders Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny and Offaly.

Latest figures from the Mountmellick to Borris-in-Ossory LEA where there were 31 cases from February 16 to March 1. The latest incidence has fallen substantially to 125 per 100k.

The district is less populated, with 24,807 people and includes Rathdowney, Mountrath, Durrow, Castletown, Camross, Errill, Clonaslee and Rosenallis. It borders Tipperary, Offaly and Kilkenny.

Health Protection Surveillance Centre figures for all of Laois from February 16 to March 1 for all of Laois shows that 210 new cases were notified giving a 14-day incidence of 247.9  per 100k. The five-day daily average for new cases was 12 across the county a day.

This is an improvement on the previous two weeks measured but still exceeded that 202.2 per 100k national incidence over two weeks.

The county has some way to go to suppress the virus more comprehensively. The Laois incidence was 55.5 per 100 k on November 30 which was the last day of the Level 5 restrictions brought in to stem the second wave. Just 45 new cases were reported in the two weeks to November 30.  

Up to date figures published by NPHET up to midnight, March 4 reveal more improvement in Laois. The incidence of 211.3 per 100 k due to 179 new cases in the previous two weeks. There were 10 new Laois cases on March 4 which meant the five-day moving average to eight a day.

However, Laois continues to be one of 11 counties with an incidence above the 185.1 per 100 k recorded nationally. Most of the counties with an above-average incidence are in Leinster.