HSE urges caution amid rise in new COVID infections

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The HSE is urging people in the west of Ireland to be aware of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community as a new strain circulates.

A new strain of COVID-19 circulating in Ireland, JN.1, has resulted in an increase in outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings putting vulnerable patients at risk of infection.

Ongoing awareness of symptoms of COVID-19 and taking steps to prevent the spread in both the community and in healthcare settings remain important to protect those most vulnerable.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and feel unwell, you should stay at home until 48 hours after your symptoms are mostly or fully gone, and avoid contact with other people, especially people at higher risk from COVID-19.

A test for the virus is not required unless a GP or health professional tells you to get one done.

Dr Áine McNamara, HSE West and North West, said, “We are reminding everyone of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of serious illness from COVID-19, particularly for those most vulnerable in our community.”

“Avoid visiting those in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.”

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • wash your hands properly and often
  • cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve – put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
  • let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible
  • clean objects and surfaces that other people touch