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22 Jan 2022

PCR tests in Donegal increase by 100% in three weeks

 

Number of tests rise by over a third in a week

Free walk-in Covid testing centre  opens in Naas on Friday

Tests carried out at the centres in Letterkenny and Donegal Town increased from 4,689 in the week ending December 7 to 9,467 in the week ending December 31

The number of PCR tests carried out in Donegal has increased by more than 100% over December.

The latest figures from the Health Service Executive for the two testing centres in Donegal the number of tests increased by 37% between the week ending December 23 and the end of the month.

The number of tests carried out increased by over 100% between the end of the first week and the end of the final week of the month.

Tests carried out at the centres in Letterkenny and Donegal Town increased from 4,689 in the week ending December 7 to 9,467 in the week ending December 31.

The number of tests at the Cleary Centre in Donegal increased from 739 in the week ending December 7 to 1,640 in the week ending December 31.

READ MORE: Sharp increase in Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital

At the Letterkenny testing centre the number of tests increased from  3,950 to 7,827 in the same period.

The demand for testing has led to a shortage of online booking appointments in the cunty. 

The HSE is asking people to be patient as they work through the large volume of referrals for PCR tests.

Those aged between 4 and 39 who have symptoms of Covid-19 are asked to antigen test, rather than get a PCR and can book their antigen tests online at HSE.ie which will be delivered to their home.

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