No increase in COVID cases in the ICU

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Galway daily news COVID-19 cases more than double at UHG

There has been no change in the number of COVID patients being treated in the ICU in Galway in the most recent figures, even as case numbers remain very high.

There are six COVID patients in the ICU at University Hospital Galway in the latest figures from the HSE, and one at Portiuncula Hospital.

This is unchanged from the previous day’s figures, even as UHG is dealing with large numbers of patients.

There were 70 confirmed cases at University Hospital Galway as of Monday, the second highest level in the country.

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has a further 10 confirmed cases.

Both of Galway’s acute hospitals have also been put under pressure by large numbers of staff absences due to COVID, at a time when there is a very high demand for emergency care.

Nationwide there 1,046 confirmed cases in Irish hospitals as of Monday afternoon, of whom 88 are in the ICU.

HSE Chief Paul Reid has said that the stable ICU figures despite the recent surge in case numbers is cause for optimism, as possible evidence that the Omicron variant is less severe.