Sharp rise in Covid cases in Roscommon

Concerns are growing that some non-native members of the community may be exposing themselves, and others, to Covid-19. 

  County Roscommon has experienced a significant increase in the number of people infected, with 31 more confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. There are now 212 confirmed cases in the county.  

  There are now mounting calls for a co-ordinated national approach to Covid-19 infections in meat processing factories nationwide. 

  Kepak (which has a plant in in Athleague, Co. Roscommon) has confirmed that a number of its employees nationwide are self-isolating in line with Government guidance on Covid-19. There is no suggestion that there are any confirmed cases aligned to any meat plant in Co. Roscommon. 

  On Wednesday, local TD Denis Naughten met with senior HSE management to discuss the situation in meat processing plants. Later, he raised the issue with the Taoiseach’s office. 

  Deputy Naughten said: “We have seen the impact of the delay in reacting to Covid infections in nursing homes…unless the HSE acts swiftly, we could have a similar story in meat processing facilities across the country”. 

  There is growing concern that some non-native workers in Roscommon and nationally may not be following HSE guidelines. 

  Deputy Denis Naughten: “I’ve asked the HSE to ensure that staff, particularly non-Irish staff, are given the proper information in person and in documentation in their native language”. 

  Cllr. Tony Waldron has called on the HSE to urgently commence a PR campaign aimed at non-Irish workers.