COVID-19 latest: 33 people receiving care in Cork hospitals last night

COVID-19 latest: 33 people receiving care in Cork hospitals last night
Emergency Department, CUH, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Two months after the first case was reported in Cork, where are we now?

It is now just over eight weeks since health chiefs announced that they had been informed of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual in Ireland.

Over the course of the next number of days, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) announced a small number of additional cases around Ireland with the first case in the south of the country reported on March 5.

That case, identified in a male patient, was the first case of community transmission in Ireland and authorities said it was associated with Cork University Hospital.

Fast forward eight weeks, and more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Ireland, with more than 1,232 people with COVID-19 sadly losing their lives.

Over that period, cases have continued to be identified all around the country, with Dublin accounting for the vast majority of cases.

Latest figures show that as of Tuesday night, 9,967 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Dublin, accounting for almost 50 per cent of all cases.

In Cork, 1,146 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed up to that period, although the actual number of cases of COVID-19 could be higher given that not everyone who may have the disease is tested for it.

Emergency Department cleaning staff, CUH, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Emergency Department cleaning staff, CUH, Cork. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork currently accounts for around 5.7 per cent of all the cases reported nationally, a figure that has slowly decreased in more recent weeks.

Regional data shows that of 5,684 cases of COVID-19 identified in healthcare workers around the country, 337 of these cases were reported among people in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry.

Six-hundred and thirty clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified nationally including 89 in the HSE South region.

Almost a third of these regional clusters have been identified in private houses.

While more than 34 per cent (219) of all the clusters reported nationally have been in nursing homes, just eight of these have been reported in the HSE South region.

HSE data meanwhile gives an insight into the number of people with COVID-19 who are currently being treated for the disease in hospitals.

Many people continue to recover from COVID-19 at home, but the latest data shows that on Thursday night, 727 people with confirmed COVID-19 and 260 people with suspected COVID-19 around the country were receiving care in hospitals for the disease.

In Cork, 33 people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were receiving treatment at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy Hospital, a small decrease on the figures reported in recent days.

Five people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were receiving intensive care at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospital.

The report also shows that 146 critical care beds were available for patients around the country including six at the Bons Secours in Cork, three at the Mercy, and three at CUH.

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