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Hospital, Community Healthcare West Executive Officers, Director of Public Health in Mayo, Chief Executives of the Local Authorities in the region and the Chief Superintendents of An Garda Síochána, this week urged the public to follow the public health advice to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Local community groups are being encouraged to forward applications under the Clár programme to support initiatives such as meals on wheels, transport for cancer patients, improved pedestrian safety within school environs and the development or enhancement of community recreation areas.
The €5 million CLÁR scheme for 2020 has been launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and Galway community groups, schools, clubs, and health organisations are being urged to apply for funding.
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo passed the 500 mark this week after the National Public Health Emergency Team noted a total of 501 confirmed cases on Monday evening last. That number had increased to 510 by Tuesday evening this week and the most recent information available at the time of going to print showed the number stood at 512.
The next two weeks are crucial in terms of weakening the grip of Covid-19 and building on the significant progress made in suppressing the virus, the chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group said this week.
Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is urging older people and other vulnerable to heed the advice of Government and reduce social contact during the Covid-19 outbreak.
"They will say when things were at our worst, we were at our best," says Taoiseach in St Patrick's Day speech
Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona daoibh!
An increase in hospital staffing and opening hours are some of the measures being put in place by the health authority locally to deal with the expected increase in demand for services during winter.
Portiuncula Hospital is one of three hospitals nationally to participate in the HSE’s ‘Hand Hygiene Train the Trainer’ and hand hygiene awareness programme (Resist) which is aimed at all healthcare workers and everyone who comes to the hospital.
Clubs, communities, and organisations right across the city and county will be affected from Monday when Community Employment Scheme supervisors stage a five-day strike.