There has been a small increase in the number of Covid-19 clusters or outbreaks reported in Cork and Kerry over the last seven days.
The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that up to midnight on Monday, 204 Covid-19 clusters have been identified in the HSE South region, which encompasses Cork and Kerry, up from 200 the previous week.
The vast majority of these clusters (115) have been identified in private houses across the two counties, with 21 in residential institutions, 14 in nursing homes, 10 in hospitals, eight in workplaces and six in community hospital/long-stay units.
Twenty-nine of the clusters were identified in the ‘other’ category which can include locations such as community, extended family, a hotel, a public house, a retail outlet, travel-related and all other locations.
Between August 3rd and August 10th, additional clusters were identified in the private house and ‘other’ category, while there was a reduction in the number of reported clusters in nursing home and community hospital/long stay unit settings.
The latest HPSC report shows that up to August 10th, 1,587 cases of Covid-19 had been reported in Cork since the beginning of the outbreak, accounting for less than 6 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
A total of 26,838 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak while 1,774 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported.
Last night, Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead appealed to anyone referred for testing to attend their Covid-19 tests.
“Testing is a vital component of our national response to COVID-19. It enables us to find as many cases as possible and quickly isolate them, which helps prevent further spread. We would appeal to people who are referred for testing as close contacts to attend both tests.
“It is very important that if you experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 - such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of sense of smell/taste - that you self-isolate immediately, and phone your GP straight away. Do not wait and see. Act quickly. This will limit the chance of this highly infectious virus transmitting further,” she said.