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Covid-19 seven day infection rate rises above 400 per 100,000 people in Ross and Cromarty, new Public Health Scotland data reveals; Highland-wide coronavirus rate was 229 per 100,000

By Philip Murray

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ROSS and Cromarty’s Covid infection rate has passed 400 cases per 100,000 – driven by hotspots in Easter Ross.

The county had 236 known cases of coronavirus in the seven days to January 8.

The most recent seven day figures, which were released on Monday afternoon, revealed that the county’s number of confirmed infections has continued to rise.

And the 236 cases equates to 410 cases per 100,000 people, when calculated using data from Public Health Scotland’s online Covid-19 map.

The rate is up from the 347 cases per 100,000 that was being reported just two days ago.

However, the distribution of cases in Ross and Cromarty is not evenly spread – with more than half of its recent infections confined to just Alness and Invergordon in Easter Ross.

The two towns had 73 and 53 confirmed cases respectively in the seven days to January 7. This was up from 72 and 42 in the seven days to January 6.

Two care homes in Invergordon are also known to have at least 19 cases between them.

Highland Council’s most recent seven day Covid rate rose slightly to 229 per 100,000 people when today’s update was published. This was up from 215 per 100,000 the previous day.

The whole council area recorded 540 positive tests for Covid-19 in the seven days to January 8.

Case distribution (over the seven days to January 8):

(ward areas and names taken from Public Health Scotland’s online Covid-19 map)

  • Alness – 73 cases
  • Invergordon – 53 cases
  • Dingwall – 23 cases
  • Conon – 18 cases
  • Ross and Cromarty Central – 16 cases
  • Black Isle South – 15 cases
  • Ross and Cromarty East – 12 cases
  • Seaboard – 9 cases
  • Tain – 7 cases
  • Muir of Ord – 6 cases
  • Black Isle North – 4 cases
  • Ross and Cromarty North-West – 0-2* cases
  • Ross and Cromarty South-West – 0-2* cases
  • Lochalsh – 0-2* cases

* Specific figures are suppressed by Public Health Scotland if case load is two or lower in order to protect patient anonymity

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