Galway Bay fm Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Center was informed today of 1,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8 a.m. today, 415 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including 70 in intensive care.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said:
“Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in key COVID-19 indicators across the country and the epidemic’s growth rate has accelerated in recent days. All COVID-19 indicators point to a deteriorating disease trajectory nationwide. We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older groups. The national incidence is now 415 / 100,000.
“As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system with an average of 50 people admitted to hospital per day (compared to 35 per day at the end of September) and 5 intensive care admissions per day.
“It is important that anyone who is fully vaccinated be reassured that vaccines offer very good protection against COVID-19. However, when the incidence of the disease is high, we will see cases of breakthrough infections in those vaccinated – the experience of infection in most people will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and care. intensive. We want to avoid that.
“Please continue to protect yourself by following public health advice. This will stop the spread and reduce the incidence of COVID-19 in our communities.
“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including a high temperature, dry cough, or flu-like symptoms, please get tested and stay home. Don’t go to work, school, college or socialize. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated – please do not assume that because you are vaccinated you cannot contract COVID-19.
“Continue to wash your hands regularly, wear a mask if necessary – especially in retail businesses, on public transport and in healthcare facilities; keep your distance, open windows and ventilate indoor spaces, and choose outdoors if possible to meet other people.
“You should follow these tips regardless of your immunization status. “