COVID-19 latest: 15 people in Cork hospitals, four patients in intensive care

COVID-19 latest: 15 people in Cork hospitals, four patients in intensive care

Fifteen people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night (Thursday, May 14th) receiving care at hospitals in Cork city, a small increase on the previous day. Pic; Larry Cummins

Fifteen people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night receiving care at hospitals in Cork city, a small increase on the previous day.

Figures from the HSE show that two people with confirmed COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital and one person with the virus was being cared for at the Mercy Hospital.

However, 12 people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated across the two hospitals.

Four people were yesterday receiving intensive care at three critical care units in Cork across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospitals.

Nationally, over 700 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being treated in hospitals last night.

The latest update comes as new figures show that 1,249 cases of COVID-19 had been reported from Cork up to midnight on Tuesday, May 12th, up from 1,238 the previous day.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) provides a daily update on the number of COVID-19 cases reported by each county, as well as the number of clusters or outbreaks of the disease regionally.

Of 766 clusters or outbreaks of the disease reported nationally, 139 of these have been reported in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry.

Sixty-five of these clusters or outbreaks in the region have been reported from private houses, the highest figure for any of the regions in the country.

A significant number of clusters or outbreaks have been reported from residential institutions (20), hospitals (12), nursing homes (11) and community hospitals/long-stay units (8).

Clusters and outbreaks have also been reported in the region which relate to workplaces, travel, extended family, a pub, hotels, and a community outbreak.

The HPSC data also shows that 383 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region were in healthcare workers. 

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