Nine residents at Clonakilty Community Hospital have died from coronavirus this month.
This evening, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) confirmed that the nine individuals had died over the course of this month and said that where people were approaching the end of their lives, whether due to COVID-19 or for other reasons, their family and loved ones had been offered the opportunity to be with them.
“We wish to express our sincere sympathies to the families and friends of residents who have passed away,” Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said in a statement.
“This is a very difficult time for families, for the community and for the staff caring for the residents at Clonakilty Community Hospital. Management and staff wish to reassure the community that they are continuing to provide both compassionate and high quality care to all residents.
“The dedicated staff at Clonakilty Community Hospital continue to provide every possible comfort and reassurance to residents and their loved ones during these difficult times,” it added.
All residents and staff at the community hospital have now been tested for COVID-19.
Authorities said that while their results are private and confidential, it could confirm that there remains a level of COVID-19 infection at Clonakilty Community Hospital.
Meanwhile, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said that every possible effort is continuing to keep residents and staff safe, with stringent measures in place to prevent the spread of infection.
A team of experienced nurses from a number of acute hospitals in Cork and Kerry have joined the team at Clonakilty Community Hospital this week, and it said “their experience is invaluable in supporting the excellent team at Clonakilty Community Hospital.”
A number of additional supports have also been put in place to support staff at the facility.
Several hospitals in the South South West Hospital Group have provided clinical support while an outbreak control team which was convened at the initial stage, continues to meet and provide guidance.
“CKCH Management also wish to reiterate that the care provided by the hard-working staff at Clonakilty Community Hospital is second to none, especially at this difficult time. We pay tribute to the ongoing efforts of all staff,” the statement said.