Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed that three people with Covid-19 have died, which brings to 1,787 the recorded number of Covid-related deaths in the State.

As of midnight Monday, September 14, the HPSC has been notified of 357 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with a further 12 cases reported in Waterford. As of 11am today at UHW there were two positive inpatients while 12 current inpatients had been tested and were awaiting swab results. A total of 37 patients are on a Covid Pathway while 83 patients were isolated/cohorted at UHW today.

There is now a total of 31,549 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

* 185 are men; 172 are women

* 63% are under 45 years of age

*38% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

* 60 cases have been identified as community transmission

The tallies for the other counties with further new cases are as follows: 218 in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Cork, 8 in Kerry, 8 in Limerick, 8 in Meath, 7 in Westmeath, 6 in Wicklow, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Roscommon, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary and the remaining 32 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford.

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

Said Acting Chief Medical Office Dr Ronan Glynn: “In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic. Our collective response suppressed the curve, saved lives and put us on a solid foundation to deal with Covid-19 going forward.”

“Now, we must focus on our response to the pandemic in the medium term. Today, Government launched a Five-Level Framework. At the heart of this framework are three core messages;

  1. Simple measures taken by everyone are our best defence against Covid-19.
  2. No single measure will work in isolation; what matters is combination prevention.
  3. Continued cooperation and solidarity across society remains central to our response.

Dr Glynn added: “The basic preventions against the spread of Covid-19 remain unchanged; wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them.”

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