THERE were 19 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal this evening.
Nationally, six additional deaths and 265 new cases were notified to health officials today.
Donegal’s 14-day incidence rate is now 211.1 with 336 new cases in the county over the last 14 days.
The national 14-day incidence rate is 78.3 per 100,000.
As of 2pm today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. The number of patients in Letterkenny University Hospital as of 8pm last night was 36.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health has urged people to make a consistent effort to protect against the spread of Covid-19 in the coming weeks:
“We are now entering an important phase in our collective efforts to suppress spread of the virus. We have made significant progress and reduced transmission in our homes and communities, but it will take a consistent individual effort from everyone to keep up that momentum in coming weeks.
“The recent stabilisation in cases that we have experienced is fragile, but it is within our grasp to maximise our protection against the spread of COVID-19. I urge you to use the public health advice on regular handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face coverings to safeguard you and your family from the devastating impact this virus can have, especially on our most vulnerable people.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “If you are heading out this weekend, please make every effort to keep safe. Plan ahead, meet outside where possible and keep your contacts to a minimum. Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces and leave if your environment doesn’t feel safe.”