Authorities have confirmed that a number of residents at Clonakilty Community Hospital have died due to COVID-19.
This morning (Monday), Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said in a statement that it was with “great sadness” that it was confirming that a number of residents at the hospital had died and said it was a “very difficult time for families, for the community and for the staff caring for the residents” there.
“We wish to express our sincere sympathies to the families and friends of residents who have passed away.
“The staff wish to reassure the community that they continue to provide both compassionate and high-quality care to all its residents. Staff are providing every possible comfort and reassurance to residents and their loved ones during these difficult time,” the statement said.
“CKCH Management outlined 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 efforts of all staff, and we thank the local community for its unstinting support,” it added.
All residents and staff at the facility have now been tested for COVID-19.
While Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said that these results were private and confidential, it confirmed that “there is a level of COVID-19 infection at Clonakilty Community Hospital”.
“In any centre where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, we implement stringent measures to protect both residents and staff,” the statement said.
It said an expert outbreak control team was convened at the initial stage which is working with staff at the facility to ensure care is maintained at the facility.
“This team which consists of expertise from the Department of Public Health, Department of Occupational Health, Infection Prevention and Control, Consultant Geriatrician and General Practitioners have visited Clonakilty Community Hospital and continues 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.
While a number of staff are on leave having tested positive for the coronavirus, the statement said additional staff have been redeployed to Clonakilty.
“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 wish to repeat our sincere condolences to the families of residents who have passed away and we ask that the privacy of those who are sick and bereaved is respected,” it said.