Covid-19 latest: Number of clusters in private houses in Cork and Kerry doubles in a month

Covid-19 latest: Number of clusters in private houses in Cork and Kerry doubles in a month

There’s been a significant rise in the number of clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 being reported in Cork and Kerry.

There’s been a significant rise in the number of clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 being reported in Cork and Kerry.

Figures show there has been a particularly significant increase in the volume of clusters associated with private houses being reported, with this figure more than doubling in just one month.

According to figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), 459 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported in the HSE South region, which comprises Cork and Kerry, up to October 13th.

Two weeks previously, on September 29th, 317 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported.

The HPSC report shows the vast majority of these are being reported in private houses with 275 clusters or outbreaks reported in these settings in Cork and Kerry up to October 13th, up from 187 on September 29th and up from 126 last month (September 13th).

There’s also been a significant rise in the number of clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 being reported in the ‘other’ category in Cork and Kerry.

This category includes community, extended family, hotel, public house, retail outlet, travel related and all other locations.

HPSC data shows that 109 clusters or outbreaks were reported in this category on October 13th, up from 64 on September 29th and 42 last month.

The remaining clusters or outbreaks in Cork and Kerry reported up to October 13th relate to nursing homes (16), residential institutions (23), workplaces (15), hospitals (15), community hospital/long stay units (6).

More than 3,280 cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in Cork since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic with around a third of these cases (1,261 cases) reported in the last 14 days.

Last night, 28 people with Covid-19 were being cared for at hospitals in Cork including 22 people at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and six people at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH).

Three people with Covid-19 were receiving round the clock across the two hospitals' critical care units.

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