COVID-19 latest: rise in hospitalised cases in Cork, increase in outbreaks in region

COVID-19 latest: rise in hospitalised cases in Cork, increase in outbreaks in region

Latest figures show there’s been an increase in the number of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 receiving treatment at hospitals in Cork. Pic; Larry Cummins

Latest figures show there’s been an increase in the number of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 receiving treatment at hospitals in Cork, while there has also been an increase in the number of clusters and outbreaks being reported in the HSE South region.

A new HSE report shows that last night (Thursday, April 23rd), 57 people were receiving care for either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 at hospitals in Cork, up from 45 people recorded the previous day.

The report shows that 23 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 19 patients with suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Ten patients with confirmed COVID-19 and five patients with suspected COVID-19 were being treated at the Mercy University Hospital.

Twelve people with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were last night receiving 24-hour care at critical care units across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospital.

The HSE Operations report also sheds light on the availability of hospital beds in Cork.

It shows that there were 105 beds available at CUH yesterday with 41 beds available at the Mercy.

Seventeen critical care beds were available across CUH, the Mercy and the Bon Secours hospital.

Meanwhile, latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,087 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Cork up to midnight on Tuesday night (April 21st).

Cork now accounts for 6.6 per cent of all cases nationally.

The HPSC report provides an insight into the volume of cases of COVID-19 among healthcare workers and the number of outbreaks or clusters reported by region.

The latest data shows there’s been an increase in the number of clusters or outbreaks of COVID-19 reported in the HSE South, which includes Cork and Kerry.

Sixty-seven clusters or outbreaks had been reported in the region up to midnight on Tuesday, up from 57 the previous day.

The number of clusters or outbreaks identified in nursing homes in the region doubled from three to six in just one day.

There was also an increase in the number of clusters or outbreaks reported in residential institution settings, up from 10 on Monday to 13 on Tuesday.

The number of clusters or outbreaks reported in community hospitals/long-stay facilities increased from five to eight, with an additional cluster or outbreak also identified in a hospital setting in the region.

The report shows 289 cases out of 1,354 cases of COVID-19 reported in the region were identified among healthcare workers.

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