Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As of midnight on Monday, May 25, there has been no increase in Covid-19 cases in Waterford, with the total number remaining at 151.

As of 11am today, there was one in-patient positive for Covid-19 at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and six in-patients tested and awaiting results. A total of 39 patients are currently on a Covid Pathway while to date, 22 positive in-patients had been discharged from UHW.

Elsewhere in the South East, there are now 334 cases in Kilkenny (no change), 217 in Wexford (no change), 528 in Tipperary (no change) and 152 in Carlow (no change).

Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSS) was informed today that a total of nine people with Covid-19 have died, bringing to 1615 the number of recorded Covid-19 deaths in the State.

As of midnight, on Monday, the HPSC has been notified of 37 confirmed cases of Covid-19, meaning there’s a total of 24,735 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the State.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, taken from midnight, Sunday, May 24 (24,629 cases), revealed:

* 57% are female and 43% are male

* The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

* 3,233 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

* Of those hospitalised, 395 cases have been admitted to ICU

* Some 7,852 cases are associated with healthcare workers

* Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,894 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,440 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,395 cases (6%)

* Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 59%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

Said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: “As of midnight Monday, May 25, 325,795 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%. NPHET (the National Public Health Emergency Team) will meet on Thursday, May 28 where further consideration will be given to broadening the case definition.”

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