As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches, frontline workers across Cork and in Kerry have joined together in a video plea urging the public to ‘hold firm’ in their efforts to contain COVID-19.
It comes as the latest data shows that the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cork is continuing to rise, with six people with COVID-19 last night being cared for at critical care units in the city.
The video, which is an inter-agency project between An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry Council features front-line workers asking people in Cork and Kerry to continue to play their part in stopping COVID-19 by sticking with the guidelines and restrictions.
Una Rea, a staff nurse at Cork University Hospital points out that working together, the people of Cork and Kerry have flattened that curve.
“These are not just numbers on a screen, every point on that graph is a life saved, someone still with us because we held firm,” she said.
Eileen Coleman, a fleet director with Cork County Council warns however that “this isn’t over, and we’re not done yet”.
“While restrictions have eased it is still very difficult, but remember what we have already achieved together. We have to stick with this and we have to hold firm,” she says.
The front line workers detail what they’re missing and looking forward to, including seeing their children again; family dinners and meeting up with friends.
The image of the rainbow has become a symbol of the hold firm campaign across the country, and was inspired by a poem called Take Care, written by President Michael D Higgins.
Tomorrow night, City Hall and County Hall will light up in rainbow colours supporting the hold firm message.