An Outbreak Control Team has been convened at Letterkenny University Hospital in response to a Covid-19 outbreak.
The hospital has reported a recent rise in Covid-19 patient numbers, with seven new cases confirmed yesterday alone.
There are 21 patients with Covid-19 receiving treatment at LUH, according to the latest figures from 8pm Thursday night.
The Saolta Group has confirmed that an Outbreak Control Team is working with Public Health and Occupational Health to manage the response to the outbreak.
In a healthcare setting, an outbreak is called when there is a minimum of 2 positive contacts.
HSE data shows there are a further six suspected cases of Covid-19 at LUH, while a double-test approach is being taken at the hospital during the pandemic. There were no Covid-19 patients, with confirmed or suspected cases, recorded in ICU as of last night.
A statement from Saolta said that COVID-19 testing and contact tracing of both staff and patients has been carried out to ensure the protection of public health.
“Any staff identified as close contacts of COVID-19 cases are asked to isolate. Patients are being supported individually by the staff to understand the situation. Plans have been developed to support continuity of services. We cannot comment on individual cases to protect the privacy and confidentiality of those affected,” a spokesperson said.
Hospital services are continuing as scheduled, and patients who have appointments at the hospital are being advised that they should attend their appointments as usual.
“Since the outset of the pandemic LUH has put measures in place to make the hospital and clinics safe for patients and staff. This includes separate entrances and waiting areas to manage patients attending the hospital for non-COVID 19 appointments while also managing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19,” the spokesperson added.
“The protection of public health is of the utmost importance and every effort is taken to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.”
On a countywide level, the 7-day Covid-19 incidence rate in Donegal has increased to the highest in Ireland. Donegal recorded its highest ever daily increase of Covid-19 cases yesterday when 75 new infections were detected.