Slight decline in Covid cases

There was a slight decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases in the county yesterday evening (Wednesday), as the Department of Health confirmed twelve additional cases as of midnight Tuesday.

This follows confirmation of sixteen new cases on Sunday, fifteen on Monday and eighteen on Tuesday, meaning that in the fourteen days leading up to Tuesday, 559 cases had been confirmed in Roscommon, giving a 14-day incidence rate of 866.1. This remains below the national average of 1,222.8.

Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was yesterday notified of 61 additional deaths related to Covid-19 and 2,488 cases. 58 deaths occurred in January while three remain under investigation. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years. There have now been a total of 2,768 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and 179,324 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

As of 2 pm yesterday (Wednesday), 1,923 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU. There had been 85 additional hospitalisations in the previous 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, warned people not to underestimate the highly infectious nature of the disease.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are Covid positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with”.