There are now 200 confirmed cases of Covid 19 in Co Kildare according to the latest figures released this evening. That is up 25 on the previous 24 hours.
A further 36 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland bringing the overall death toll to 210.
345 more cases of the coronavirus have also been diagnosed in the Republic, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 5,709.
A total of 42,484 tests have been carried out up to midnight last night.
Meanwhile a number of changes have been implemented in Naas Hospital in order to help maximise the amount of available capacity.
Specifically two of the outpatient services – the oncology haematology Day Service and the Warfarin clinic – have been moved the short distance from Naas General Hospital to the Affidea Clinic in the Vista Primary Care Centre on the Ballymore Road.
“The area crisis management team with representatives of all HSE services has been meeting several times a week since early February to put in place extensive preparations for the impact of Covid-19 on service,” said CEO of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) Trevor O’Callaghan, which includes Naas Hospital.
To date, these preparations have included increasing bed capacity across the entire system in order to facilitate additional ICU beds, acute beds, transitional and step-down care, including working with private hospitals and HSE long-term care facilities.
The DMHG has established a self-isolation centre at City West, and set up testing sites in Lucan, Tallaght, Sir John Rogersons Quay and Newbridge.
“These sites are by appointment only. If you have symptoms of COVID19 contact your GP by telephone in the first instance, and your GP will decide if you fall into the category for testing,” said Mr O’Callaghan.
“The HSE is also supporting the community response forum set up by the County Council, and expects to provide four community assessment hubs within the county, which will open this week.
“These facilities will allow GPs to refer members of the public with Covid-19 for a medical examination.
For the duration of the Emergency tthe Oncology Day Ward at Tallaght University Hospital will be housed in the HSE Intergraded Academic Primary Care Centre at Tallaght Cross.
Visiting restrictions remain in place across all hospitals and long term care facilities.
All updates will be included on the HSE website and a recruitment campaign has been launched for all staff, including student nurses and midwives, across the Group.
“We thank and commend all our staff for their incredible efforts at this time. They have already gone above and beyond the call of duty as our health service faces extraordinary demands,” said Mr O’Callaghan.
“I am immensely proud of all our staff as they rise to meet the unprecedented challenge posed by Covid-19.
“I want to thank all staff for the inspiring work being carried out in making advanced preparations.
“Every effort has been made prior to this virus arriving in Ireland to ensure that we would be as ready as we could be in the circumstances and in the best possible position to protect and safeguard public health”.