Another Manatee resident dies from COVID-19, while 50 more test positive

Grant Boone
October 19, 2020

Nationally, as of midnight Saturday, October 17, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 1,283 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Hospitalizations have grown in recent days, with 751 COVID-19 patients in county medical centers as of Sunday.

The 50 deaths is the most reported on a Sunday since the 51 reported on August 23. About 9% of those people tested positive. There is now a total of 49,962 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

The county's overall positivity rate, or percent of positive cases out of all tests conducted, has remained at or around 10.8% since early September.

The new cases include 62 females and 17 males. This Sunday's case count is the highest reported on a usual Sunday (excluding last week's combined Saturday and Sunday numbers) since 2,564 on September 6.

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Globally, more than 39.8 million cases have been reported and more than 1.1 million people have died as of Sunday, the data show.

21 cases were confirmed in Clare today, bringing the 14-day incidence rate of the virus in Clare to 322.3 per 100,000 population, the fifth highest in the country. This positivity rate helps officials determine whether more new cases are being identified because of increased transmission or because more people are being tested.

"Our calculation.looks at number of cases divided by number of negative tests plus number of cases".

The State has once again reported fewer than four thousand new infections with the lowest single-day positivity rate in months.

Resident deaths increased from 15,917 to 15,967.

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