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Covid test centre opens in Ballina GAA grounds


Castlebar Electoral Area now has highest Covid cases in Mayo

Anton McNulty

A COVID-19 testing facility has opened in the Ballina Stephenites GAA club grounds and will continue to operate there until later this evening. The test centre is operated by the HSE to enable people in those communities local to the centre get a free Covid-19 test. The Ballina test centres opened yesterday and will continue to operate until 5pm this evening.
The Ballina region has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 transmissions in the county and HSE officials say the testing will allow further identification and understanding of any variants of concern within communities.
Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health West said: “With increased Covid activity levels in north Mayo, getting tested is another action people can take to reduce the spread of this disease. We would urge people living near this pop-up test centre and who are concerned about Covid-19 to book a free test.”
Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare West added: “I would like to thank everybody who has assisted us in getting the testing centre up and running. I wish to express my gratitude to all of you who availed of a free Covid test in Stephenites on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Let us all work together and continue to break the chain of transmission of the disease.”

New figures
Meanwhile the HPSC have revealed that there were 323 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mayo in the seven day period up to September 27 and 572 cases over a 14 day period. The latest figures show that the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population for Mayo now stands at 438.3, ahead of the national average of 379.2.
The latest Covid-19 figures for Mayo revealed that the Ballina Electoral Area has the second highest transmission rate in the county with 139 confirmed cases over a 14-day period up to September 20. The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in the Ballina area now stands at 553.6. The national average for the same period was 389.8.
The Castlebar Electoral Area had the highest number of confirmed cases with, 172 which brings its 14-day incidence rate to 573.5.
The transmission rate in the Claremorris Electoral Area continues to reduce but the number of confirmed cases remains above the national average. Up to September 20, 115 cases were reconfirmed and the 14-day incidence rate is at 423.7.
The Westport Electoral Area has the next highest number of cases with 59 followed by the Swinford Electoral Area with 53. The incidence rate for Westport is 321 and 306.6 for the Swinford area. Forty confirmed cases were recorded in the Belmullet Electoral Area and the incidence rate is at 317.5.
There was better news regarding the Covid cases in Mayo University Hospital with six cases confirmed as of 8pm on Sunday, with one patient in intensive care.