The National Records of Scotland have published new data that breaks down the number of COVID-19 related deaths by age group and by local authority area.
Of the 106 COVID-19 deaths in Inverclyde, 96 were people aged 65 and over.
Local MSP Stuart McMillan has therefore urged older people to continue to follow social distancing and only leave their house for essentials, as the data has shown that over three quarters of local COVID-19 related deaths were residents aged over 75.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“These new figures help us better understand how COVID-19 affects communities differently.
“Ahead of this data being published, I knew that Inverclyde’s growing older population would be a contributing factor in the local COVID-19 death rate. I therefore asked the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre for this information a few weeks ago to justify my thoughts.
“Given that of the 106 deaths, 96 were people aged over 65 and 82 were people aged over 75, it is clear that our local demographics has played a role in how COVID-19 has affected Inverclyde.
“That means that 90.5% of local COVID-19 deaths were people aged 65 and over, and 77% of local COVID-19 deaths were people aged 75 and over – which mirror the percentages of COVID-19 deaths for these age groups for the whole of Scotland.
“That would indicate that the high death rate in Inverclyde is down to our population size, and is not because people who live here are inherently more likely to die from the virus.
“However, I want to make a plea to Inverclyde’s older population. Please follow the social distancing rules and only leave your home for essential items. If you have an underlying health condition, please consider getting prescriptions, food and essential items delivered – there are local organisations offering these services.
“It’s positive to see the number of deaths locally and across Scotland decreasing, but we must all continue to follow the lockdown rules to protect ourselves, others, the NHS and to save lives.
“If anyone is struggling to access services so they can self-isolate or shield at home, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email. My staff and I will do all we can to make sure you are supported to stay at home.
“Finally, I want to again give my heartfelt condolences to everyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. I also to offer my sincere thanks to all of the frontline key workers who are helping people through this virus. Our community has pulled together during the most difficult of circumstances, and are providing invaluable support to the most vulnerable people in Inverclyde.”