Parents of Cert students should develop “alternative ways” to celebrate their results next week to prevent the spread of Kovid-19, the HSE chief said.
Paul Reid said parents and guardians will be encouraged to “talk openly” with their Living Cert children about the dangers of socialization once their results are available.
About 60,000 Living Cert students will receive their final estimated grade results Monday at 9 p.m.
Recognizing how different this year’s results will be, the raid ressed the “disappointment and frustration” experienced by many students that their results could not be celebrated “normally.”
He acknowledged the “burden” of these young people on the loss of traditional landmarks and the uncertainty caused by the epidemic.
Young people play a major role in helping families during an epidemic, with a small minority engaging in irresponsible behavior but endangering other people.
“However, we should not embarrass young people, especially on social media,” Raid said.
At the same time, the Health Service executive said that a quarter of those sent for Kovid-19 testing failed to get the help of their kaylas.
HSE Chief Operations Officer Ann O’Connor said in a briefing on Thursday that people’ing attendance at many sites across the country was becoming a problem.
Of the 3,000 people referred for testing each day, up to 750 have no-shows, however the rate of non-attendance at different centers varies, she said.
If people fail to turn, it means that their slot is not available to someone else, they pointed out. “This is a challenge, especially when we (testing) schools have the capacity.”
62,000 tests were processed last week, with a positive rate of 1.3 percent, said HSE chief executive Paul Reid. This includes 27,000 inspections in the community and more than 16,000 inspections in the hospital as part of a series of inspections among health care workers and meat processing plants.
Mr Reid said the number of next-door contacts for testing had risen from 60 per cent to 80 per cent and the proportion of attendees had risen to 50 per cent after a week.
Although the demand for community testing has tripled, HSE has been able to meet all requirements.
Mr Raid said the time to complete contact tracing from a referral point for a check is currently 2.2 days.
He said new swabbing centers would soon open in Blanchardstown and the inner city of Dublin.