Less than five new Covid cases in Roscommon

There were fewer than five new Covid-19 cases reported in Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday) after 16 cases were confirmed in the county on Tuesday with speculation that the spike was associated with outbreaks in a number of schools.

The county’s five-day moving average has increased to seven and the incidence rate per 100,000 of the population is at 102.3. 77 new cases have been reported in the county over the past 14 days.

Nationally, there were sadly seven new deaths related to the disease and 418 confirmed cases.

The vaccine roll-out continues and as of Monday last (3rd), 1,174,292 people have received their first dose while 447,578 have received a second.

Meanwhile, the county’s ‘walk-in’ test facility in Castlerea has been extended until next Monday (10th).

The service has been in operation since Tuesday last (April 27th) and is available to those aged 16 and over, who do not have Covid-19 symptoms and who haven’t been tested for Covid in the last six months. It will remain open each day from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

The service operates alongside the testing centre for those who are symptomatic or close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case and who have been referred by their GP.

Commenting Niamh O’Beirne, National Lead Test and Trace said: “We are seeing significant numbers of people availing of our walk-in Covid-19 testing service and it continues to be an important part of the HSE’s Public Health response to Covid-19.

“As of Friday, April 30th, more than 50,000 people have come forward for Covid-19 testing in one of our walk-in sites and 1,628 (3.4%) Covid-19 positive cases have been detected. Availing of testing, even when you don’t have symptoms helps us stop the further spread of Covid-19 and protects our communities”.