Twenty-three more people in Donegal have tested positive for Covid-19, the Department of Health reports this evening.
There have been 565 new cases of the virus in Co. Donegal in the past two weeks up to Monday 11th October. The 14-day incidence rate stands at 354.9. This is the second highest in the country after Cavan, which has a rate of 412.2.
Health officials have been notified of three further deaths nationally and 811 newly confirmed cases.
Dublin, Cork, Wexford, Kerry, and Clare recorded the highest Covid-19 case increases on Monday.
As of 2pm today, 234 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. There have been 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Records from Letterkenny University Hospital last night showed that there were 21 patients with Covid-19 receiving care, including three confirmed Covid-19 patients and one suspected case in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, is urging every individual to play their part to prevent community transmission. He said: “We have widespread community transmission in the country. The spread of COVID-19 is a whole population issue, which is why we’re appealing to every single individual, every single family, household, organisation, workplace, to act on public health advice. You are the frontline defence against this disease.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “If we see community transmission patterns continuing to grow, we’re going to see more vulnerable groups being infected and the result of that, unfortunately will be further hospitalisations and deaths. Limiting your contacts, avoiding crowds and following basic public health measures will ultimately save lives.”