OVER the weekend, the number of patients presenting with Covid-19 jumped from 18 to 28 forcing hospital manager Grace Rothwell to warn staff that the hospital was now “significantly over capacity”.
In a message to staff on Monday morning, (Oct 18), Ms Rothwell said that there were now 27 covid positive patients in the hospital, one of which is in an intensive care unit (number increased to 28 some hours later).
“We also admitted 11 suspected cases on Sunday night,” Ms Rothwell said. “Without doubt, this has been our busiest weekend in months and we are significantly challenged this morning (Monday)”.
Ms Rothwell went on to say that all scheduled admissions for the hospital have been cancelled for Monday “as there are no available beds to admit patients to”.
“I would welcome your support in ensuring safe and timely discharge of inpatients to create capacity for today and tomorrow and for the rest of the week,” Ms Rothwell said.
Waterford is still among counties with the highest incidence of the virus with 942 cases reported between October 1 and October 14. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has not provided any data beyond October 14, where Waterford was lying third nationally, with a seven day incidence rate of 474.3 per 100k population and a 14 day incidence rate of 810.8. Longford and Carlow had higher incidence rates up to October 14 but if the situation in UHW is anything to go by, Waterford’s figures could well worsen in the coming days.
The Waterford News & Star is aware of a number of covid clusters in Waterford including in Waterford Institute of Technology, primary schools and factories.
Between September 29 and October 11 there were 116 confirmed covid cases in Dungarvan; 29 in Lismore; 66 in Portlaw/Kilmacthomas; 192 in Tramore/City West; 136 in Waterford City East and 281 in Waterford City South. There is no corner of the county that is not currently dealing with a covid surge.