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Concern over increases in Covid cases

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Anton McNulty

A CLINICAL Director with the Saolta University Health Care Group has expressed concern that the increasing Covid-19 rate will impact on patient care in hospitals.
Over the past 14 days, 2,352 cases have been confirmed across the west with 731 of those recorded in Mayo and 1,207 and 414 in Galway and Roscommon respectively. The rise in numbers coupled with the All-Ireland final on Saturday has resulted in the health services expressing concern over future services in the hospitals if the trend continues.
Dr Pat Nash, Clinical Director, Saolta University Health Care Group, which includes Mayo University Hospital, expressed concern by the increasing number of Covid-19 positive patients in hospital.
“We have been witnessing an increase in the number of Covid-positive patients in hospital in recent weeks and we are very concerned. We are doing all we can to maintain scheduled care cases but we must keep Covid-19 hospitalisations low.
“We need the public’s help and support to do this by everyone continuing to adhere to public health advice and if not already done to get vaccinated. As Covid rises in the community it impacts our hospitals and challenges us to maintain timely non-Covid related patient care,” he said.
There are currently four Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit of Mayo University Hospital but as of 8pm on Sunday evening, the number of overall cases has fallen to nine. However the neighbouring Galway University Hospital has 26 confirmed Covid-19 cases which is the fourth highest number in the country with the same number also in Sligo University Hospital.

Above national average
Ireland currently has the highest rate of Covid-19 transmissions in the EU and Mayo’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is at 560.1, above the national average of 491.9. With no sign of a substantial decrease in cases, the Saolta Group have appealed to people to sign up for a Covid-19 vaccination.
“Even though we have seen a fantastic response to the Covid-19 vaccination programme, it is important to bear in mind that this virus is still circulating at high levels in our community,” said Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Officer, HSE Community Healthcare West.
“We all need to follow public health guidelines, wear a mask in public places and keep two metres from people not in your household and present for a Covid-19 test if in any doubt,” she added.
With Mayo set to play Tyrone in the All-Ireland final on Saturday, Tony Canavan, CEO of the Saolta University Health Care Group urged Mayo supporters and the wider public to keep up their guard and that ‘celebrations don’t negatively impact on the ongoing fight against Covid 19’.
“We can cheer on Mayo safely and celebrate Sam’s return. But most importantly, we can do this while still keeping others safe. Follow the guidelines and make this weekend’s final something we can all enjoy.”

Claremorris has still most cases
Meanwhile the Claremorris Electoral Area had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Mayo over a 14-day period with 237 cases confirmed up to August 30. The 14-day incidence rater for the electoral area is at 873.2 which is above the national average of 523.3.
The Swinford Electoral Area has the highest incidence rate in the county with 954.5 despite a decrease in recorded cases with 165 cases in 14 days.
The remaining four electoral areas all had incidence rates below the national average. There were 124 cases recorded in the Ballina Electoral Area which gave it an incidence rate of 493.8 while the Westport Electoral Area has an incidence rate of 484.3 following 89 confirmed cases.
There were 130 cases confirmed in the Castlebar Electoral Area which took its incidence rate to 433.4. The number of cases increased in the Belmullet Electoral Area with 53 cases, which increased its incidence rate to 420.6.