Latest: Covid case confirmed at another Cork school; cases also confirmed in nursing home and Penneys today

Latest: Covid case confirmed at another Cork school; cases also confirmed in nursing home and Penneys today

Latest:

A confirmed case of Covid-19 has been detected at yet another Cork school.

It follows confirmed cases earlier in the day at Douglas Community School, Penneys in Wilton shopping centre, and Care Choice nursing home in Montenotte.

Parents of students at Coachford College received a text message from the principal on Tuesday afternoon, informing them that a case had been confirmed at the school.

The Echo understands the school is liaising with the HSE.

Earlier:

A nursing home in Montenotte on the northside of Cork city has confirmed an incidence of Covid 19 in their facility via "proactive testing."

Care Choice say that in the interest of residents and their families they won’t be supplying the exact number of positive cases onsite.

In a statement the home said that they are liaising with the HSE and continue to follow all HSE and WHO protocols.

Management say they continue to care for residents and staff to the best of their ability. They are giving assurance that they are fully staffed and have adequate PPE in place.

The home has thanked all their staff for their "unstinting care and commitment to residents.” 

They are also praising family members for their support and understanding, particularly in relation to visiting restrictions during the Covid-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, separately management at Penneys in Wilton shopping centre in Cork have indicated that one staff member has tested positive for Covid-19. The store has been deep cleaned.

Management say that nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of their customers.

"We have detailed contingency plans in place in case one of our employees tests positive."

Douglas Community School in Cork city has also confirmed two cases of Covid-19.

In a HSE letter to parents it was indicated that the transmission link has been identified outside of the school. The two cases are also linked.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken. The parents of any children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed cases have been contacted and advised accordingly.

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