Nineteen new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal, NPHET reports today.
There have been a further 434 new cases of Covid-19 across the country today and four Covid-19 related deaths.
The 14 day incidence rate in Donegal is now 268.2, while Ireland’s average is 129.7 per 100,000.
There are 126 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals around the country, with 34 of these in intensive care units.
Letterkenny University Hospital has seven Covid-19 patients, including one patient with the virus in ICU (as of 8pm last night).
Health officials are calling on the public to focus on outdoors next week as more sectors of the economy reopen.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said: “Next week we will see many more business open which means employees and customers will return to work and our economy will begin to restart in earnest. This is a very positive sign and a testament to the hard work of the vast majority in supressing incidence of disease in our communities.
“It is extremely important that business owners, employees and customers take great care and review safety protocols and practices and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
“Only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment feel empowered to turn around and go home.
“If you are a business owner or an an employer, remember that you have a duty of care to those that work for you. Reopening responsibly will help to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading amongst your staff in the workplace and ensure we all have the opportunity to enjoy the new social and economic activities available to us from May 10.”