HSE Statement re Covid -19 in Laois, Offaly and Kildare

HSE Statement: Friday, 7th August 2020

The National Crisis Management Team met this afternoon to consider the advice of NPHET that additional measures be taken in the counties of Laois, Offaly and Kildare to contain and supress recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in that region.

We have decided to provide additional resources in support of our public health teams in the region, particularly in their contact tracing work.

The National Ambulance Service have mobilised to provide additional pop up testing facilities in the region from tomorrow.

Our regional Community Response Teams will provide communications and any necessary support to Long Term Residential Care facilities in Laois, Offaly and Kildare, including all nursing homes, both public and private. 

We will also be providing isolation facilities for those who cannot self-isolate in their homes or communal settings. 

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said;

 “We have worked so hard as a people to suppress this virus.

 Our success to date in containing the spread of this virus has been as a result of the solidarity of all of our people in following public health advice.

 We all need to redouble those efforts now, particularly in the three counties worst affected.

 I want to urge everyone to continue to wash their hands, maintain social distance, wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and sign up to the COVID App.

 If you have any symptoms, or are a close contact of a case, please come forward for a test.

 The people of Laois, Offaly and Kildare I know will be particularly disappointed tonight to be taking a step back.

 I want to assure them that the HSE will continue to bring every resource at its disposal to support them in reducing the spread of Covid-19.”

 

Ends

 

Last updated on: 07 / 08 / 2020