COVID-19 latest: 1,110 cases in Cork, 87 outbreaks in HSE South

COVID-19 latest: 1,110 cases in Cork, 87 outbreaks in HSE South
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As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Ireland, figures from two new reports give an insight into the situation in Cork.

The reports, published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) provide up to date information on the number of cases of COVID-19 which have been reported here as well as how many people are currently receiving treatment for the disease at Cork hospitals.

The latest HPSC report shows that up to midnight on Friday night (April 24), 1,110 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork, accounting for 6 per cent of all cases reported nationally.

A regional breakdown shows that 87 clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 had been reported in the HSE South region, which includes Cork and Kerry, up to Friday night.

This is up from 72 the previous day and an increase of more than 30 the previous week.

Of these, 25 clusters or outbreaks had been reported in private houses, 14 were reported in residential institutions and 11 in hospitals.

The report shows the number of clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes continues to grow with 208 clusters or outbreaks reported nationally, of which eight have been reported in the HSE South.

A further eight clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported in community hospital/long-stay units in Cork and Kerry. 

Six clusters or outbreaks in the region relate to workplaces, five are travel-related, four are in the “other” category, three relate to extended family, one is a community outbreak, one is in a pub and one is in a hotel.

The report also gives an insight into the volume of cases of COVID-19 reported among healthcare workers.

Nationally, 5,064 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among healthcare workers, with 306 cases reported among healthcare workers in the HSE South region.

The latest HSE report meanwhile shows that 46 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at hospitals in Cork last night.

Twenty-five patients with confirmed COVID-19 and seven patients with suspected COVID-19 were admitted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) while eight patients with confirmed COVID-19 and six patients with suspected COVID-19 were admitted to the Mercy.

Seven patients with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were receiving round the clock care at critical care units across three Cork hospitals; CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours yesterday. 

The HSE report also gives an insight into the availability of hospital beds at facilities in Cork. 

It shows that there were 52 general beds available here yesterday (Sunday) with 13 critical care beds available for people who may need them.

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