Twenty-six people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night (Sunday, May 03rd) receiving care at hospitals in Cork.
According to figures from the HSE, 14 people with confirmed COVID-19 and four people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
In addition, two people with confirmed COVID-19 and six people with suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at the Mercy Hospital.
National data shows that 93 people with confirmed COVID-19 were being cared for critical care units around the country last night- the lowest figures in over a month.
Health Minister Simon Harris said this morning (Monday) that while these figures go up and down, that the trend is encouraging.
Posting on social media, he warned however that “it is fragile and we could see progress reversed if we don’t all follow public health advice.”
“I am also conscious that 93 is not just a number of a daily stat-it represents 93 people who are seriously ill with this awful virus and 93 worried families. We think of them today and of the incredible frontline staff who care for them,” he added.
According to the HSE, of the 93 people with confirmed COVID-19 who are in critical care units, 60 people were ventilated.
Four people with confirmed COVID-19 were last night receiving intensive care at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospitals.
A further two people with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at the critical care unit at CUH.
The HSE data also gives an insight into the availability of hospital beds at facilities around the country and shows that last night, there were 148 general beds available across CUH and the Mercy, while there were 12 critical care beds available across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours.
Meanwhile latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,164 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to midnight on Friday, May 1st.
Cork now accounts for 5.5 per cent of all cases reported nationally.
A regional breakdown of data shows that 127 clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 have now been reported in the HSE South region which comprises Cork and Kerry, with almost half of these reported from private houses.
A total of 338 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among healthcare workers in the region.