COVID-19: 138 patients hospitalised in Galway

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There were 138 people in hospital in Galway being treated for COVID-19 as of Wednesday night according to the latest HSE figures.

As of 8pm Wednesday there were 127 confirmed cases at University Hospital Galway, the third highest number in the country behind UH Limerick (142), and Cork UH (139).

There are a further 11 known cases at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. The only acute hospitals with fewer patients are Crumlin (3), and Tallaght and Temple St, which both have none.

Testing on suspected cases is almost completely up to date, with results awaited on just a single suspected COVID-19 case at UHG.

There are 12 COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care at UHG, where just two beds remain available at the ICU.

In Portiuncula there were two cases in the ICU as of Wednesday night, when no critical care beds were available.

Galway saw 200 new cases reported yesterday, while there were 63 deaths reported nationwide.

“We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope from them, but we have a long, long way to go,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer on Wednesday.

“In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to COVID-19 increase day on day.”

“To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.”