Civil Defence Unit in Longford tasked by HSE to help during pandemic

Three Local Authority Civil Defence Units in the Shannonside region have been tasked by the HSE to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with six other units nationwide, Longford, Monaghan and Westmeath units will help distribute food to vulnerable families, supply camp beds for hospital doctors and transport test samples to labs.

The volunteer-based organisation will also help establish and supply equipment ot test centres and set up isolation centres for homeless services.

The Civil Defence Unit in Cavan has also been tasked with distributing food parcels to vulnerable people, as well as assisting Gardai in advising people about social distancing outdoors.