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COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Ennis Hospital

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has emerged at Ennis Hospital.

On Thursday, a number of COVID-19 cases were reported as positive at Ennis Hospital affecting patients and staff on one ward.

Testing and contact tracing of staff and patients has commenced. An outbreak control team has been convened and is working alongside public health and occupational health to manage the response. An outbreak in a healthcare setting is called when there is a minimum of two positive contacts, The Clare Echo has sought clarification from UL Hospitals Group on the exact amount of cases at Ennis Hospital.

Patricia O’Gorman, Operational Director of Nursing, Ennis Hospital acknowledged that this was “an anxious time” for patients, their families, staff and their loved ones. “We would like to assure them that the outbreak control team now in place is taking all necessary measures to contain this outbreak to protect the health of our patients and the wider public. All affected patients will continue to receive the highest standards of care in Ennis Hospital”.

She issued a reminder that visiting is not permitted while window visits have been discontinued until further notice. Services will continue at the hospital with the injury unit and medical assessment unit remaining open. “Patients should continue to attend as normal for their appointments or procedures unless contacted in advance by the hospital,” Ms O’Gorman said.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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