By Finian Coghlan
THE nursing home with the greatest number of Covid-19 deaths in Ireland is in Kildare, it was revealed in the Irish Times today.
Ryevale Nursing Home in Leixlip has lost over a quarter of its residents since the pandemic began, reporting 35 deaths from its 131 residents.
In blunt number terms, Kildare has two other nursing homes – Larchfield Park and Craddock House, both in Naas – appearing in the nation’s top 10 of morbidity, reporting 21 and 19 deaths respectively.
Kildare nursing homes suffered a total of 117 deaths from a population of 1,200 (10%) across its 23 units, however, just 11 of these 23 nursing homes reported Covid deaths, and only the three above had deaths in double figures.
As of today (28 May) there has 1,631 deaths from the nation’s total of 24,803 confirmed Covid cases – a morbidity rate of 6.5 per cent.
In total, nursing homes have suffered up to 1,030 deaths across 167 facilities nationwide – accounting for almost two-thirds (63%) of the total deaths in Ireland.
Kildare’s large population (222,000) and proximity to Dublin is believed to have caused the spike, rather than any deficit in care.
This is best illuminated by the trend that the fatalities tend to drop significantly the further out from the city one gets, with three deaths in Willowbrook in Newbridge and two in Muiriosa in Monasterevin.
Only one of the county’s two HSE units – Maynooth CCU (6) – reported any deaths, and a full dozen across the county reported none at all.
All of the top three nationally were in the satellite towns of Leixlip, Swords (29), and Lucan (28), and only one nursing home in the top 10 – in Dundalk – was from outside Dublin and Kildare.
In terms of total Covid cases in the nation, Kildare is third (1,408) just behind Cork (1,451), with Dublin accounting for almost half the State’s total with 11,961.