Members of the Defence Forces are onsite at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork today where they are helping to erect tents outside the facility in order to “maximise site capability” at the city hospital.
It comes as the latest figures show the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cork and across the country is continuing to rise, with 3,447 cases now reported nationally.
A total of 255 cases were reported in Cork up to midnight on Monday night.
Health services have been working around the clock to prepare to respond to the surge of the outbreak, which is expected here in a fortnight.
This afternoon a spokesperson for the Mercy University Hospital confirmed that it is engaging with the Defence Forces for logistical support as part of its COVID-19 preparedness plan.
“This is in line with HSE protocols and allows MUH to maximise site capability.
“The support includes the use of marquees in close proximity to the hospital that will provide the necessary physical distancing space for staff and ED patient flow,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this week, South/South West Hospital Group confirmed that four private hospitals, including two in Cork, will join its group for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
It means that eight facilities will now operate as part of the group in Cork namely; Cork University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Bantry General Hospital, Mallow General Hospital, the Bon Secours Cork, and the Mater Private Hospital Cork.