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Coronavirus: UCC and Cork primary school at centre of Covid-19 tracing 

Contact tracing is ongoing after Covid-19 was identified at a Cork primary school and in a person who had visited University College Cork.

According to a statement on UCC’s website and on its social media channels, the individual had visited the Western Gateway Building 

The building has been closed since Thursday, with access restricted to critical personnel only. It will undergo a deep-cleaning before on the Western Rd in recent days being reopened.

“Contact tracing is underway and anyone deemed to have had close contact with the individual is being contacted directly by HSE Public health,” UCC said in a statement.

“The HSE has expressly advised that anyone who needs to be contacted by the HSE Public Health will be contacted directly, and you do not need to make contact with that department.”

Separately, a small primary school on the north side of Cork city has confirmed it has been notified of a positive case of Covid-19 within its school community. 

The 80-student St Luke’s National School has reached out to all members of the school community to ask them to self-isolate and to monitor their symptoms.

“All members of the school community are asked to do the following: self Isolate and refrain from visiting the elderly and those with underlying conditions, contact your own GP to arrange for testing, monitor symptoms and follow all advice from the HSE and other agencies,” Mr Spillane said.

Meanwhile, Croke Park in Dublin has opened as a drive-thru testing facility for Covid-19.

The GAA headquarters has been designated as one of the main testing facilities for north Dublin after a high-level request was made by the HSE.

The GAA’s director of communications, Alan Milton, has said that other venues belonging to the sporting organisation may be used by the HSE to provide testing facilities.

The new facility at Croke Park is expected to eventually handle close to 400 cars a day, meaning a minimum of 400 such tests, which will exponentially increase the State’s testing capacity.