Reports of Covid-19 outbreak in Cork Direct Provision centre

Reports of Covid-19 outbreak in Cork Direct Provision centre

An outbreak of Covid-19 has reportedly been identified in the Kinsale Roundabout Direct Provision centre.

In a letter on HSE headed paper, seen by The Echo, residents were informed of four positive cases. 

Those individuals are now understood to be off-site while they recover from the virus.

The letter also states that the small number of people who were considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases were “contacted and advised and transferred off-site for self-isolation”.

The letter also asks residents remaining in the centre to take up testing being offered.

“Two rounds of testing have taken place in September and we are very disappointed that only a third of the residents took up the offer of a test on these occasions,” the letter states.

Residents have been asked to attend for testing on Saturday, as well as continuing with social distancing and hygiene measures.

The letter continues: “The situation is potentially very serious for you and for your fellow residents and staff.

“Please follow the advice above and come for testing on Saturday, if you are invited to do so, to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

The Echo has this morning made contact with the HSE to verify the content of the document.

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