05 Oct 2022

67 Covid-19 patients being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital

Outbreak of Covid-19 at large Dundalk company

Coronavirus Covid-19

A total of 67 patients were being treated for Covid-19 at Letterkenny University Hospital as of Saturday evening, the HSE have confirmed. 

Seven of those cases had been conformed in the previous 24 hours.

There were no additional suspected cases of Covid, but the numbers continue to put staff and management under huge pressure in terms of dealing with the large numbers.

There is one patient currently being treated in the hospital's intensive care/high dependency unit.    

Just two general beds were available at the hospital as of 8am on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile Taoiseach Micheál Martin paid tribute to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who is stepping down from the role and taking up a new position as Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at Trinity College.

The Taoiseach said: 

"I would like to sincerely thank Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan as he prepares to step down after more than two decades of outstanding and dedicated service to the people of Ireland in the field of public health.

"His steadfast assured advice, and willingness to communicate over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly helped saved lives, and kept Ireland safe during an exceptionally challenging two years.

"I have known Tony, and had the privilege to work with him, since he was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2001, and then during his 14 years as the Chief Medical Officer.

"His work chairing the NPHET, his professionalism, and calm and personable nature gave us all the assurance we needed during the pandemic.

"In parallel, Tony worked consistently to raise and transform the profile and status of public health medicine, and worked hard on creating a professional pathway to consultant status.

"I wish him and his family the very best of luck for the future, and I look forward to engaging with Tony again when he takes up his position as Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at Trinity College Dublin."

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