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219 COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Kerry

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There’s been a further 41 deaths from COVID-19 since yesterday (Monday), and there’s now 219 diagnosed cases in Kerry – which is up 19.

This evening (Tuesday), the Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed that there’s now 832 new cases in Ireland which includes tests results from both Ireland and Germany.

In total there’s now 11,479 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland, and 406 Irish deaths.

Of the 41 deaths:

  • 36 deaths located in the east, four in the west, one in the south of the country
  • the people included 16 females and 25 males
  • the median age of today’s reported deaths is 85
  • 31 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

As of 1pm today (Tuesday), the HPSC has been notified of the following cases;

  • An additional 548 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Irish laboratories
  • An additional 284 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany

As of midnight yesterday (Monday), 90,646 tests have been carried out.

Of these tests;

  • 62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories
  • 27,694 completed in a laboratory in Germany

Over the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.

“Having come through a challenging few weeks, we have significantly strengthened testing capacity and will continue to do so over the coming week, to put us in a very strong position to identify and suppress the virus,” Dr Cillian De Gascun, Chair of NPHET’s Expert Advisory Group said.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday, (10,385 cases), reveals:

  • 54% are female and 45% are male, with 408 clusters involving 1,999 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,903 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 275 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,707 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,438 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 780 cases (8%)

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Tuesday) to continue its ongoing review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. Discussed at today’s meeting;

  • Residential care settings; In addition to existing protective measures and financial supports, HSE will put in place a coordinated national process to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 across nursing homes and other residential healthcare settings; as recommended by the ECDC.
  • Testing; HPSC to develop a strategy to conduct a seroprevalence study which will identify the proportion of the population who have ever had COVID-19, regardless of testing.

“We remain concerned about the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes and residential care settings,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team is monitoring developments in these facilities and continues to advance supports and actions where needed. From the beginning, we have been aware that vulnerable groups, including the elderly, are at greater risk from this virus. These groups will continue to be our priority.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “We are not seeing a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our hospitals or our ICUs over the last number of days, and that is down to the efforts of every individual who has followed advice to stay apart and slow the spread of the virus. To everyone playing their part, the health service is grateful.”

 

 

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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