By Ellen O’Riordan and James Fogarty
A nursing home in the county has confirmed a substantial number of Covid-19 cases at its facility.
On Monday afternoon the Sonas Nursing Home at Cloverhill confirmed that 22 residents and 16 staff had tested positive for the virus with the results from the HSE’s national testing programme coming back over the weekend. The tests had been carried out last week.
Seamus Crawley, Sonas Executive Director confirmed to the Roscommon Herald that one resident is currently in hospital while the others were “well” and being looked after at the nursing home.
“Contingency plans have been put in place and extra staff have been recruited. Staff rosters have been done to ensure care is delivered. All residents are getting the best care possible and PPE has been delivered by the HSE,” said Seamus.
Meanwhile at the Kepak plant in Athleague where 320 staff were tested for the virus last week, the Roscommon Herald understands that a large number of cases have come back positive.
When contacted, a spokesperson for Kepak stated that the factory “as a member of Meat Industry Ireland, is working on a sectoral basis with DAFM and the HSE”.
These reports come following a week in which the number of cases in the county soared to 247 as we went to press on Monday evening. A total of 60 new cases were confirmed between May 1st and May 7th and on Monday evening 12 new cases were confirmed. This jump means Covid-19 is spreading faster in Roscommon than any other county in Connacht and second fastest in the Republic, after County Longford which, with an increase rate of 76 per cent, has seen a rise in its case numbers.
At the end of April, Longford had 10 fewer cases than Roscommon, with 150 confirmed compared to Roscommon’s 160. In the week following, Longford’s cases rose by 76 per cent, overtaking Roscommon to reach 264. (Read the full story in this week’s Roscommon Herald)