Twenty-seven people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were receiving care at hospitals in Cork this May Bank Holiday weekend.
Figures released by the HSE show that last night (Saturday, May 02nd) 15 people with confirmed COVID-19 and seven people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
A further three people with confirmed COVID-19 and two people with suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at the Mercy Hospital.
The figures show that nationally, less than 100 people with either COVID-19 were receiving critical care at hospitals around the country last night.
A significant proportion of these patients were ventilated.
In Cork, four people with COVID-19 were receiving intensive care at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours Hospital.
Another two people with suspected COVID-19 were receiving intensive care at CUH.
It comes as latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that 1,156 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to midnight on Thursday night (April 30th).
Cork now accounts for 5.6 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
A regional breakdown of the data shows that 338 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among healthcare workers in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry.
The number of clusters of outbreaks of COVID-19 reported now exceeds 100.
According to the latest HPSC report, 117 clusters or outbreaks of the disease have been identified across the two counties with the vast majority of these, 54, reported in private houses.
Fourteen clusters of outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported in residential institution settings, 11 in hospitals, eight in community hospital/long-stay facilities, and eight in nursing homes.
One cluster or outbreak has been identified in a pub, one in a hotel, one is considered a “community outbreak” and one is not specified.
The remainder relate to workplaces, extended families, are travel related, or are described as “other”