69 people have died of Covid-19 in local nursing homes, with 50 of those in County Monaghan alone.
HSE figures published today show the serious impact the virus has had on the facilities.
The figures, published in today’s Irish Times, show eight people in Roscommon are presumed to have died of Covid-19 – seven in Sonas Cloverhill and one in the long stay unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital.
Longford has recorded two deaths in Thomand Lodge Nursing Home in Ballymahon.
This data, which includes probable deaths from Covid-19, shows 50 people have died in nursing homes in Monaghan.
Drumbear Lodge in Monaghan is one of the facilities worst affected in the country with 20 deaths.
16 people have died in Mullinahinch Nursing Home, 11 in Castleross, three in St Joseph and St Anne’s Nursing unit.
9 people have died in Cavan – six in Virginia Community Health Centre, three in Oakview Belturbet.
Clarification: Public Health/HSE have confirmed that no Covid19 related deaths has occurred in Lough Erril Private Nursing Home, Mohill and that there was an issue with figures in reports of nursing home deaths circulated earlier.
The HSE has also confirmed there were no Covid related deaths in Lisdarn Community Nursing Unit or St Marys, Castleblayney.
The following statement has been issued by the HSE:
CHO 1 – Older Persons Long Term Care Residential Facilities
The HSE has confirmed that as of the 26th of May 2020 there have been a total of 1030 deaths in Ireland associated with outbreaks of Covid-19 in residential facilities. Of this figure 121 are associated with outbreaks of Covid 19 in residential facilities in Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan & Sligo).
Twenty deaths due to confirmed Covid-19 have occurred among residents in three HSE long term care residential facilities for Older Persons namely, The Rock Community Nursing Unit, Ballyshannon, Killybegs Community Hospital, Donegal and Virginia Community Nursing Unit, Cavan.
We offer our deepest sympathies to their families and friends and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
There have been a large number of outbreaks of Covid-19 across Older Persons Residential Services in Ireland.
In CHO 1 our Covid- 19 Outbreak Control Team actively manages all outbreaks within residential settings, Older Persons, Disability and Mental Health.
Each facility continues to receive significant supports and advice that range from ensuring adequate medical care needs of residents; staffing levels; personal protective equipment; and how to safely implement the Infection Prevention and Control guidance.
Across all residential and community services Infection Prevention and Control procedures have been implemented in line with Public Health Medicine advice and best practice guidelines.
All residents and staff across our residential facilities have been tested for Covid-19. Their results are private and confidential. Residents who test positive or show symptoms of Covid -19 are nursed in strict isolation and are fully supported by nursing staff, medical services where appropriate alongside guidance from Infection Prevention Control and Public Health clinicians.
Where staff test positive they have to self isolate for a 14 day period and do not return to work until they are clear from infection/symptoms.
CHO 1 Older Person’s Services wish to reassure the community that they continue to provide both compassionate and high quality care to all residents and have implemented stringent measures to protect both residents and staff. Nursing management remain in contact with families/guardians of residents in relation to any suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Where a relative/guardian has any query relating to the care of a resident, we ask them to contact us directly. We appreciate the difficulties faced by both residents and their families/friends as a result of the visiting restrictions.
We are continuing to communicate with all families/guardians throughout this difficult time and we await further guidance to issue from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on the easing of visiting restrictions. The safety and health and wellbeing of residents and all staff continues to be our number one priority.
Again, the HSE wish to extend our sincere condolences to the families of residents who have passed away and we ask that the privacy of those who are sick and bereaved is respected. A Bereavement Support Service is available in CHO 1 to the families of those who have passed away.
We appeal to the media to respect the privacy of residents and staff, especially at this difficult time.