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“Every resource necessary will be made available to stop the spread of the virus” says HSE

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Ahead of the introduction of Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions tonight (Wednesday), a joint statement has been issued from senior HSE management in the Cork and Kerry region saying they'll "make available every resource necessary to stop the spread of the virus".

The HSE area crisis management team for Cork and Kerry has met several times this week and has discussed the Government decision that additional measures are needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

All HSE services in the region will continue to make available every resource necessary including:

-          Additional COVID-19 testing is now taking place at a new pop-up test site on the Douglas Road in Cork city. 

-          The recruitment of additional staff for the testing system, allowing them to ramp up testing capacity significantly and offer a rapid turn-around on tests - 94% of referrals get a test appointment either on the same day or the next morning.

-          Regional Community Response Teams are providing ongoing support to private nursing homes in the region.

-          Precautions are in place in all healthcare settings so that vital health services can still be provided.

Health services across the region will remain open, and no one should delay seeking advice from any healthcare professional if it’s needed. Anyone with an appointment should presume that their appointment is going ahead unless told otherwise.

Chair of the HSE Area Crisis Management Team Michael Fitzgerald thanked the public for their support.
“We know that this re-introduction of restrictions will be difficult for the people of the region. However, we also know that taking action now is in everyone’s best interests. We know this is difficult, but we have suppressed this virus in the past and we can do it again if we work together,” he said.

“We in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare are prioritising the smooth running of the testing system. Appointments for tests are arranged very quickly, and the test itself is very fast,” he added.

ISOLATE

Acting Director of Public Health for the Region, Dr Anne Sheehan, appealed to the public to isolate at home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, and to present for testing if they are asked to do so.

“It’s more important than ever that anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19 isolates at home and phones their GP to arrange a test,” she said.

Dr Sheahan said that there is a clear trend in both Cork and Kerry in recent weeks of outbreaks linked to various workplaces, and reminded those designated as essential workers to make sure that they are protecting themselves and others while at work.

“It’s important to maintain a distance of two metres from others at all times, including at break times and while travelling to and from work. This is now even more important than ever for those designated as essential workers as they cannot continue their work if they become close contacts of confirmed cases.”

Dr Sheahan also stressed the importance of self-isolation for anyone who is referred for a COVID-19 test, waiting for the result of such a test, or has a positive COVID-19 test.

“If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is incredibly important that you come to the tests arranged for you. You may feel well but it is possible that you have the virus and are spreading it without knowing. Isolating when you are asked to do so, and completing two tests is the best way to be certain that you are not unwittingly spreading the virus,” she added.

Gerry O’Dwyer, CEO of the South South West Hospital Group said:

​​​​​​​“The recent Government decision to move to Level 5 of COVID-19 restrictions provides a clear roadmap for everyone to follow in order to defeat the virus. However, while we await the impact of the restrictions which will hopefully ease pressure on our hospitals, we are appealing once again to members of the public who may be feeling unwell to contact your GP, the nearest urgent care centre or out-of-hours GP service before presenting at emergency departments. All our hospitals have clear pathways in place so that people can access the care they need, when they need it, but need the public’s support to ensure this access to patient care is not overwhelmed. “

Michael Fitzgerald reminded the people of Cork and Kerry of the important measures they can continue to take to stop COVID-19 spreading.

“We need to ask the people of the region to redouble their efforts when it comes to keeping their distance from each other; wearing face coverings; catching coughs and sneezes, and washing their hands,” he said.

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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