Continued increase in COVID patients at UHG amid outbreaks

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The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital in Galway has continued to climb after outbreak at University Hospital Galway.

There were 41 confirmed cases at University Hospital Galway as of 8pm on Monday, four more than the previous.

But at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, the number of cases dropped from nine to eight.

The number of COVID patients in the intensive care unit has also gone up from four to six at UHG, while Portiuncula remains at two cases.

Nationwide there were 455 people in hospital with the virus on Monday night, of whom 73 were being treated in intensive care units.

The Saolta Hospital Group reported yesterday that COVID outbreaks on two wards at UHG were contributing to very long waiting times for a bed.

Some elective procedures are being postponed due to the pressure on the hospital with these outbreaks.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reported that there were 47 patients without a bed at University Hospital Galway this morning.