Dr John Sheehan said Cork has performed well in combating Covid-19 but warned, as cases are now rising, it is likely more cases of the virus will be detected in nursing homes and he added this is a major concern for management of the facilities.
However, Dr Sheehan added that nursing homes have put efforts in place to prevent the spread of the virus if a case is detected.
The Cork GP and former Lord Mayor was speaking after a confirmed case of Covid-19 was detected in a Care Choice nursing home in Montenotte on the northside of Cork City.
Nursing home management did not comment on the exact number of positive cases onsite but said they are liaising with the HSE and continue to follow all HSE guidelines.
“In nursing homes, there is certainly a heightened concern about cases in nursing homes given the vulnerability of residents there,” said Dr Sheehan.
“But again, as the prevalence of Covid in the community increases, it’s inevitable that there will be some cases in nursing and care homes.”
55 cases were associated with community transmission and 53% were associated with outbreaks or were close contacts.
People aged 15 to 34 accounted for 40% of Covid-19 cases in the past two months, according to acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn who appealed to young people to continue following guidelines.
“For teenagers and people in their 20s and 30s in particular, I know that what has been, and is being asked of you again is extraordinary. This pandemic has impacted on your education, your employment your relationships and your social lives,” he said.
“But the disease is continuing to spread disproportionately among younger people at present. And so, I am asking you to stick with this and continue to follow the public health advice.”