An additional 3 people have died due to COVID-19 the National Public Health Emrgency Team has reported today, and another 34 cases have been confirmed.
COVID-19 has now claimed a total of 1,752 lives in the state, and there have been 25,730 confirmed cases.
The total number of cases in Galway city and county has remained level at 489 despite the recent uptick in infections.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 previously confirmed cases today.
“COVID-19 is extremely infectious,” said Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, “It wants to spread, but it needs people to come into contact with each other to do so.”
“All of the measures that we have been talking about for many months now are so important; physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding large crowds – are all actions each of us can take to cut the chains of transmission and stop this virus in its tracks.”
Statistics measured as of midnight on Wednesday, July 15 show that 3,339 people have had to be hospitalised due to the disease, of which 437 required admittance to the ICU.
There have been 13,557 cases associated with clusters of infections, and 8,326 cases aong healthcare workers.
Galway has kept a steady position at the lower end of the national scale throughout this pandemic, currently accounting for just 1.9% of the cases in the country.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Further up to date information on key indicators of the disease in the community can be found on the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
“It now depends on the actions we take as individuals, as to whether this virus gets an opportunity to spread through our communities,” Ronan Glynn added.
“Continue to follow the public health advice, know the risks, know the symptoms and stay safe.”