'Every one of us is a hero in the battle against Covid-19': Cork's frontline staff appeal to public ahead of bank holiday weekend

'Every one of us is a hero in the battle against Covid-19': Cork's frontline staff appeal to public ahead of bank holiday weekend

Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart and asking the people of Cork to keep up their Trojan efforts in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay. Pic: Brian Lougheed.

Frontline workers in Cork have shared messages with the public ahead of the bank holiday weekend encouraging people to continue to adhere to the current restrictions in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.

An interagency appeal to the public saw frontline staff join together to demonstrate that they are standing together by being apart to put a stop to the spread of the virus.

Doctors, nurses, health care support assistants, gardaí, fire service personnel and representatives from Cork County Council and Cork City Council have asked the people of Cork to keep up their trojan efforts in adhering to restrictions into the bank holiday weekend.

Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart and asking the people of Cork to keep up their Trojan efforts in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay. Pic: Brian Lougheed
Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart and asking the people of Cork to keep up their Trojan efforts in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Health Care Support Assistant, Nora Mary O'Riordan, said that the more people move around, the more risk is created in the spreading of the virus.

“We’re working so hard to make sure that essential services keep running despite the impact of Covid-19. Today, we’re asking the people of Cork to support our efforts by continuing to stay at home where possible, and following all other guidelines. Sadly, the more we move around, the more risk we create,” she said.

Staff nurse at the new Covid-19 Community Assessment Hub at St. Mary’s Health Campus in Gurranabraher, Marie Therese Buckley, said that the hard work in flattening the curve could be undermined if people become complacent.

“We know that at this stage it’s getting very hard to stay apart. With a bank holiday weekend coming up, it will be very tempting to think that it’s ok to bend the rules. Unfortunately, the risk of catching Covid-19 is still high and we still need everyone’s support.

Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart and asking the people of Cork to keep up their Trojan efforts in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay. Pic: Brian Lougheed.
Staff from the HSE, Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Cork County Council standing together but still apart and asking the people of Cork to keep up their Trojan efforts in the county’s battle to keep Covid-19 at bay. Pic: Brian Lougheed.

“Everything you have done so far has made a huge difference but it could all be undermined so quickly. Together, we have achieved so much. Now it’s up to each of us to keep up that work.” Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Cork County Council, Frances Murray, reminded the public of what they can do to support frontline workers and each other.

“Cork County Council’s Fire Services, while continuing to respond to emergencies, are also providing assistance in the community in respect of the Covid 19 crisis. We are there for you when you need us and we are happy to play our part. You can support us by staying safe, remaining at home and following national guidelines. We are in this together,” she said.

General Operative of Roads Operations with Cork County Council, Liam McAllister, highlighted that support is available through the County Council Community Call helpline.

He said that responding to the needs of the community is the “number one concern” with community and voluntary groups working to deliver essential everyday services to those in need.

Co-ordinator of the Cork City Council Community Response Forum, Denis Barrett, said that volunteers are at the core of seeing how challenging restrictions are for the most vulnerable in the community.

He said that despite the virus, community spirit is “burning bright” and warned people not to let it dim over the bank holiday weekend.

“Let’s keep going. By complying with restrictions, every one of us is a hero in the battle against Covid-19,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner of the South Eastern Region, Michael Finn, advised that there will be “an extensive network of checkpoints” on both main and secondary routes in towns and villages across the country over the weekend until Monday night.

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