Covid-19 claims more lives at Laois nursing home in Stradbally

14 Janvier, 2021, 13:36 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Six residents at Droimnin Nursing Home in Laois have died from COVID-19 in the last week. Pic Shutterstock

'I want to give reassurances to everybody that we are working around the clock doing everything possible for the group and supporting our team in Droimnin Nursing Home to ensure that all of our residents make sure to be protected.

"It's been devastating for everybody. As well as working so hard during this virus outbreak, the staff have the heartbreak of seeing the residents they cared for dying in such difficult circumstances". For the entire community of Stradbally it has been a devastating blow.

The large outbreak occurred at Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally, Co Laois, in the last week. The first phase of the rollout prioritizes residents, essential caregivers, and staff of congregate care settings for seniors; health-care workers; adults in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit populations; and adult recipients of chronic home health care.

"We must work together by staying apart, staying home and staying COVID-safe", the agency said.

Gearóid Brennan, Chief Executive of the Brookhaven Group, updated the Leinster Express on the latest fatalities in an outbreak which began at the end of 2020 in the Droimnín Nursing Home.

He said 50 residents are positive with the majority having no symptoms. It brings the total number of people who have died to date to eight since the first resident succumbed on January 4.

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"We are back on high alert once again and hypervigilant given that we are so close to the vaccine and given the high numbers in the community".

For more information, including questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury and Districts at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).

"Public Health Sudbury and Districts are proud to support them in this historic moment".

He confirmed that from Wednesday, nursing home residents will now be tested every week as part of the serial testing programme.

Speaking to RTE's Morning Ireland, Gearoid Brennan, CEO of Brookhaven Health Group, said that the deaths at Droimnin Nursing Home have "devastated" the local community.

Staff members are now living on the grounds of the Laois nursing home to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

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