Donegal still has high Covid-19 incidence rate, though other counties not far behind

CMO appeals to people to only return to the workplace if it is necessary

Covid-19: No increase in incidence rates across Donegal

A small improvement in the Covid-19 incidence rate in Donegal

While Donegal still has the highest 14-day incidence rate for Covid-19, news of a small improvement is welcome.

Friday's figures show the 14-day rate per 100,000 of population at 268.2, down from 270.1 on Thursday. This is only a slight decrease but is a step in the right direction. Kildare is not far behind with an incidence rate of 260.7, with the national average standing at 129.7.

Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of four additional deaths related to Covid-19, bringing the total to 4,918. 

As of midnight on Thursday, the HPSC had been notified of a further 434 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 251,904 confirmed cases in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

221 are men / 212 are women
80% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 31 years old
197 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 20 in Limerick, 20 in Meath and the remaining 119 cases are spread across 16 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 126 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesday, May 5 there were 1,700,538 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland: 

1,233,067 people have received their first dose
467,471 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said: “Next week we will see many more business open which means employees and customers will return to work and our economy will begin to restart in earnest. This is a very positive sign and a testament to the hard work of the vast majority in suppressing incidence of disease in our communities.

“It is extremely important that business owners, employees and customers take great care and review safety protocols and practices and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“Only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment feel empowered to turn around and go home.

“If you are a business owner or an an employer, remember that you have a duty of care to those that work for you. Reopening responsibly will help to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spreading amongst your staff in the workplace and ensure we all have the opportunity to enjoy the new social and economic activities available to us from May 10.”

Dr Ray Walley, General Practitioner said: “General practices are extremely busy at the moment dealing with Covid and non-Covid care as well as continuing to administer Covid-19 vaccines.

“GPs continue to administer Covid-19 vaccines as per the National Vaccination Programme, this means that those aged 70 and over and those that are clinically vulnerable between the ages of 50 and 59 are eligible to receive a vaccine from their GP.

“I would encourage anyone who has been called to register for their vaccine to do so on the HSE portal.”

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