Tuesday, June 02, 2020

As of midnight on Monday, June 1, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Waterford remains at 153.

As of 11am this morning, there was one positive in-patient at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), while seven current in-patients have been tested and are awaiting results. There are 49 patients on a Covid Pathway while 24 positive in-patients have been discharged to date.

Elsewhere in the South East, there are 338 cases in Kilkenny (no change), 213 in Wexford (-3), 527 in Tipperary (no change) and 166 in Carlow (+8).

Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has been informed that eight more people with Covid-19 have died, bringing to 1,658 the number of Covid-19-related deaths in the State.

As of midnight Sunday, the HPSC has been notified of 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19, meaning there is now a total of 25,066 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

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, as of midnight, Sunday 31 May (25,056 cases), reveals:

· 57% are female and 43% are male
· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
· 3,292 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 408 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 7,986 cases are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,090 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,517 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 cases (6%)
· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Said Dr Tony Holohan, the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer: “Over the past week there have been approximately 500 new cases of Covid-19 notified, 54 per cent of which are aged between 24-55 years old. Incidences of these cases are spread across 21 counties in Ireland. While we are doing well, the potential for spread remains present across all regions of the country. NPHET will meet on Thursday 4 June and submit further recommendations to Government for consideration.”

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, stated: “As of midnight Monday 1 June, 348,416 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 22,621 tests were carried out and of these 389 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 1.7%.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn commented: “47 per cent of people are taking longer than four days from onset of symptoms to being swabbed. We are strongly encouraging all members of the public to know the symptoms of Covid-19 and seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear.”

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