Covid rate in “certain pockets of countries concerning”

Health Services CEO Paul Reid said given the trends there will most likely be more than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 reported today.

Speaking at an HSE briefing, he said positivity is increasing with “quite worrying levels across the country and especially in some pockets of the country.”

“More people test positive and more people are symptomatic. “

He said there had been “a very significant change in the age and average age of people who test positive” to 34 now.

More and more older people are getting sicker, he said.

Emergency departments have also seen an increase in the number of patients presenting.

“We have also seen early identification of the influenza virus, which will be of concern to us as winter approaches, and again a call for people to come forward for the influenza vaccine who are eligible for a vaccine. against the flu. “

Mr Reid said people have already been waiting for Covid-19 care for a long time. He added that with the latest pushes they could wait even longer.

He said that in about a week, the HSE will start vaccinating around 800,000 people between the ages of 60 and 80 with booster shots.

Antigenic tests will also be used for close contacts without symptoms.

He said intensive care figures show 52% of patients were unvaccinated, 41% fully vaccinated and 5% partially vaccinated.

Speaking of maternity services, Paul Reid said two maternity wards that allowed better access to partners of patients saw no evidence of the spread of the Covid-19 infection.

He said that from November 1, all maternity services will allow additional access to designated support partners for women to visit during normal hours.

Meanwhile, national HSE immunization manager Damien McCallion said that over the past 14 days, around 1,000 people per day have come for the first vaccination.

Yesterday he said 2,500 entered, involving all age groups.

It comes as the number of Covid-19 outbreaks increased last week, including in the workplace and schools, according to new figures from the Health Protection Monitoring Center.

There were 199 outbreaks or clusters in the week leading up to last Saturday, up from 174 the week before.

A total of 34 workplace outbreaks, leading to 120 linked confirmed cases, have been reported.

It compares to 19 workplace outbreaks the week before.

A Covid-19 epidemic consists of two or more related cases.

There were 15 outbreaks in schools leading to 80 linked cases, compared to three outbreaks in schools the previous week.

Acute care hospitals saw 13 outbreaks with 86 linked cases, up slightly from the previous week.

In nursing homes, there were 11 outbreaks, resulting in 180 linked cases, also up slightly from the previous week.

The latest figures show that the number of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 is now 448. This is a reduction of 16 from the same time yesterday.

Current figures show 88 of the patients are in intensive care, an increase of two.

In a tweet this morning, Mr Reid said the number of people with Covid-19 in intensive care units is likely to increase.

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Covid surge having iimpact on “several fronts”

The surge in Covid-19 cases is having a significant impact on several fronts, according to a consulting oncologist.

Professor Seamus O’Reilly, who works at three Cork hospitals, said the impact was being felt in emergency departments, with critical care capacity and staffing issues.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Professor O’Reilly said emergency services were full.

He said there were staffing issues due to the breakthrough in Covid-19 infections among vaccinated healthcare workers, which showed immunity was waning.

There are bed capacity issues in intensive care units, he said, and complex surgeries can be postponed if an intensive care bed is not available.

Professor O’Reilly also said he was seeing a “surprising” proportion of unvaccinated patients and said there had to be a “targeted campaign” to know the concerns of the unvaccinated and marginalized groups.

A Co Kerry general practitioner said it was difficult to speculate on why Covid-19 cases have suddenly spiked sharply in the county, after a prolonged period of low infection rates.

Dr Gary Stack, who is also the medical director of SouthDoc, said there has been a significant increase in all respiratory symptoms and presentations and that the out-of-hours numbers for the past week were an increase of 23% compared to the same period last year.

He said it would have been good if the further easing of restrictions could have been postponed for four to six weeks.

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has reported 1,051 more Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours.

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