AT least 18 of the 26 cases of Covid 19 confirmed in Co Kildare this evening are associated with an outbreak at Irish Dog foods factory in Naas.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said a number of the workers are living in Direction Provision centres. All of the workers have been tested.
In a statement to RTE this evening tonight, Irish Dog Foods said it has been informed that a number of its employees in Naas have tested positive for Covid-19.
It said: “The individuals involved are now self-isolating and we remain in contact with them to ensure they have the support they require.
“We are working closely with the HSE and will continue to follow their advice at all times in how we manage this issue.
“In consultation with the HSE, we have closed the facility in question to enable a deep cleaning to be carried out.
“Staff well-being and safety is paramount for our company and we have a full range of measures in place including appropriate PPE, enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes, social distancing measures, temperature screening and regular staff health and hygiene training and communications to help combat the virus.”