COVID-19 latest: 28 people being treated at Cork hospitals, 1,175 cases confirmed here

COVID-19 latest: 28 people being treated at Cork hospitals, 1,175 cases confirmed here
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Twenty-eight people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at hospitals in Cork last night (Monday, May 4th).

According to figures released by the HSE, 15 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were receiving care at Cork University Hospital with 13 people being treated at the Mercy.

It comes as national data shows that 927 people around the country were receiving care at the country’s 28 acute hospitals last night.

The latest HSE figures show 91 people with confirmed COVID-19 and 19 people with suspected COVID-19 were receiving intensive care at critical care units.

Sixty of these patients were being ventilated.

In Cork, four people with confirmed COVID-19 were receiving round the clock intensive care across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours Hospital with another two people with suspected COVID-19 being treated at CUH’s critical care unit.

Meanwhile, latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,175 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cork up to midnight on Saturday, May 2nd.

Cork now accounts for 5.5 per cent of all of the cases reported nationally.

The HPSC report shows that the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cork is 216.4, a figure which is significantly lower than counties such as Cavan where it is 895.3 or Dublin where the figure stands at 783.9.

The report also provides a regional breakdown of COVID-19 cases, with data for the number of healthcare workers and clusters or outbreaks of the disease from each region.

It shows that 338 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the HSE South region which includes Cork and Kerry, a figure that has remained stable in recent days.

The HPSC data shows 130 clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified in the region with almost half of these reported in private houses (64).

Sixteen clusters or outbreaks have been identified in residential institutions, 12 in hospitals, eight in nursing homes, and eight in community hospital/long-stay units.

One community outbreak has been reported, one cluster or outbreak relates to a pub and one relates to a hotel.

The remainder have been identified across workplaces, are travel related, associated with extended family, identified in an “other” category or are not specified.

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