Significant jump in COVID-19 clusters in HSE South

Significant jump in COVID-19 clusters in HSE South
People being checked in on arrival at the Covid-19 test centre at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.Picture Denis Minihane.

THERE has been a jump in the number of clusters/outbreaks of COVID-19 being reported in the HSE South Region.

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that as of midnight on Monday April 6th, there were 299 clusters/outbreaks of COVID-19 nationally.

Of these, 39 clusters were reported in the Cork and Kerry region, up from 34 the previous day. 

The additional clusters in the region are being reported from workplaces, community hospitals/long stay units, and residential institutions.

The number of clusters which were workplace related doubled to four and now represents half of all of the workplace related clusters reported nationally.

The report shows there were five clusters in community hospitals/long stay units on Monday, up from three on Sunday, and there were five clusters in residential institutions, up from four the day previous.

Six clusters have been reported in hospitals, with a further six in private houses.

Five of the clusters were “travel related”, three were identified in nursing homes, two were related to “extended family" and the final three were identified in a hotel, a pub, and in an “other” category.

Nationally, 5,981 cases of COVID-19 had been reported by midnight on Monday night including 431 cases in Cork-ten more cases than had been reported on Sunday.

There’s also been an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 among healthcare workers, which now stands at 1,568, up from 1,388.

A total of 162 cases were reported among healthcare workers in the HSE South on Monday night- nine additional cases on the previous day.

The number of cases in Cork accounted for 7.2 per cent of all the cases nationally.

The report shows the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork is 79.4.

Meanwhile, national data shows that 1,472 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalised, and 224 patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

The median age of affected patients is 48, although this ranges from 0 right up to 99.

Twelve cases have been identified in infants aged under one year, with 18 cases in children aged between one and four.

Almost a quarter of the cases (1,442), were identified in those aged over 65.

Just over half of those aged over 65 had to be hospitalised (739), with 81 people admitted to intensive care units.

Last night, the National Public Health Emergency Team said it has now been notified of 6,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationally.

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