Covid-19 outbreak at local nursing home

Management at Oakwood Private Nursing Home in Roscommon confirmed this week that the facility was dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 but said residents who had tested positive were “presently doing well”.

  Family members had raised their concerns after visiting restrictions had been implemented at the facility last week and praised management and staff for the handling of the situation.

  One family member, who wished to remain anonymous, urged members of the public to be mindful of the threat still posed to those deemed at-risk in the community.

  “We have an ageing population and people still need to be conscious (of the danger) for those families at risk. The pandemic isn’t over.

  “Imposing visiting restrictions was 100 per cent the right move but it’s hard for families with loved ones in isolation. It’s very upsetting for residents and unfortunate that it happened but Oakwood is a really good nursing home and I know my relative is in good hands”.

  Proprietor Declan McGarry released the following statement earlier this week: “Oakwood Private Nursing Home is experiencing an outbreak of Covid-19.

  “We had effectively managed to keep our residents free from the virus until now, however, we currently have fully vaccinated residents and staff who have tested positive for the virus.

  “The staff who tested positive are self-isolating at home and the residents who tested positive are receiving person-intensive care in isolation. We are happy to say all residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 are presently doing well.

  “All national guidelines are being followed and we appreciate the support being provided by the HSE and Public Health.

  “We can confirm that we have staffing contingency plans in place that are working and that we have sufficient stocks of PPE.

  “We would like to thank residents and family members for their ongoing support during this incredibly difficult time. We would especially like to pay tribute to all our employees for their outstanding dedication and professionalism in the care they continue to provide for our residents”.