HSE Media Release: 22 September 2020
The HSE Donegal (Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 ) and Saolta Hospital Group are reiterating its appeal to everyone living and working in County Donegal to continue with their efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is vital that we heed this advice as recent figures published by NPHET show that the number of cases being reported across the county is increasing at an alarming rate. In particular, in recent days the number of reported cases are high in the Letterkenny and Finn Valley/Lifford areas.
According to Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine for the North West, "I appeal to communities across Donegal to step up to the mark, reduce their contacts, abide by the restrictions and do all that you can within your own individual power so that as a county we can collectively work together to change the tide, reduce the numbers and contain the spread of this virus. I know its difficult and we have all COVID fatigue but we need to maintain a united front and realise that our decisions and actions can have a result in curbing this growth in cases".
Sean Murphy, Hospital Manager Letterkenny University Hospital added:
“The team here in the hospital is closely monitoring the increased number of positive infections in the community and are concerned that a resurgence would impact negatively on all of the work that has been done to reinstate elective procedures and clinics. I would urge everyone in the community to follow public health guidance and help us maintain essential health services”.
GP phone consultations and assessments in relation to Covid-19 (including NoWDOC, the GP out of hours service in Donegal) and the tests they may be referred to are free of charge.
There has been a significant rise in community testing referrals to our Donegal Testing Centre located on St Conal's Hospital Campus, Letterkenny in the last month. We are reminding anyone that receives an appointment for a COVID-19 test of the importance of attending for their test.
A new data set has gone live on the COVID-19 Data Hub, with case information now available at a Local Electoral Area level across Ireland. Visit Ireland's COVID-19 Data Hub.
This gives people more detailed information about this virus, how it is affecting their communities, and those around the country as a whole. It ensures there is more transparency around this virus and its impact.
Containing the Spread
The most effective way to contain the spread is to continue with the following measures:
- Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep two metres apart where possible.
- Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the Government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with other people.
- Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and limit the time with others.
- Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with people outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside.
- Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately.
Last updated on: 22 / 09 / 2020