Concern as Covid cases rise in Roscommon

239 tests carried out at walk-in centre

There has been growing concern in Roscommon due to a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases which has led to the temporary closure of a number of local businesses and facilities.

In response to heightened fears over the rising number of cases associated with the Delta variant of the virus, a walk-in test centre was in operation in Roscommon town this week.

On Wednesday, the HSE confirmed that there had been a total of 239 tests carried out at the facility, which was located at Roscommon Arts Centre on Monday and Tuesday.

The HSE said that 75 people turned up to be tested within the first two hours of the centre being open on Monday.

The ‘pop-up’ centre was set up by Community Healthcare West in response to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the county.

It followed HSE confirmation that between June 16th and June 29th, Roscommon recorded 100 cases of the virus, giving the county a 14-day incidence rate of 154.9, which was the fourth highest in the country behind Donegal, Waterford and Sligo

Meanwhile it has also been confirmed that an average of 150 people a day made use of the drive-in facility at Castlerea.

Head of Community Care in Roscommon and Galway, Breda Crehan-Roche said the HSE was “very concerned” about the growth of the virus in the county and had called on members of the public to get tested.