A CORK TD has moved to allay concerns about the spread of COVID-19 at Clonakilty Community Hospital, saying he has been advised that there are indications that the spread of the virus is “slowing down” at the facility.
Authorities have also confirmed that many of the residents with COVID-19 at the hospital are now “recovering well”.
Earlier this week, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare confirmed that a number of residents at the hospital had passed away recently due to COVID-19.
All residents and staff at the facility have been tested for the disease, and while a spokesperson said their results are private and confidential, they confirmed that “there is a level of COVID-19 infection” at the facility.
Cork South West TD Christopher O’Sullivan said the confirmation that a number of people with COVID-19 at the hospital had died was “incredibly sad”.
“My heart goes out to the families affected,” he said.
The Fianna Fail TD said people in the community are concerned about the situation and he had spoken with senior HSE management to relay the concerns of people in the community, staff, residents, and families.
Deputy O’Sullivan said he received assurances that all necessary steps are being taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus and that he also received assurances that there is “very little risk to the community because of the precautions put in place."
A statement issued on behalf of staff and management at the hospital said:
“We want to take this opportunity to assure you that our residents are, and will remain, our utmost priority. We will do everything in our power to protect the health of our residents and their loved ones. We are glad to see that many of our residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering well.”
It said an expert outbreak control team, which was convened at the initial stage, continues to meet.
This team consists of expertise from the Department of Public Health, Department of Occupational Health, Infection Prevention and Control and others.
“A Consultant Geriatrician and General Practitioners have also visited Clonakilty Community Hospital and continue to work with staff and management in providing the requisite guidance and support to ensure that the high standard of care is continuously maintained.” the statement said.
It added: “While this is a difficult time for staff, for residents and for their loved ones, we are comforted by the messages and gestures of support from the local community.
“We will continue to provide both compassionate and high quality care to all our residents, and we are doing everything we can to provide comfort and reassurance to residents and their loved ones during these difficult times."