The corona virus has spread after 22 patients tested positive in a South Dublin hospital, and many officials are waiting for self-isolation test results.
St. Columbus Hospital, La Lynnstown, confirmed to the Irish Times that several patients had been infected with Kovid-19 following the outbreak inside the facility.
The patient in an outbreak ward was initially asymptomatic and later developed symptoms and tested positive for Kovid-19.
St. Columbus’s Hospital is an acute hospital with more than 100 beds in southeastern Dublin and east Wicklow.
“Currently there are 22 patients with Covid-19 erupting inside the hospital,” said a spokesman for the Ireland East Hospital Group.
“A patient in a hospital ward was diagnosed with symptoms and then tested for Kovid-19,” she said.
“The monitoring process was immediately carried out by the infection control and microbiology teams. All the patients and staff who are considered to be the next patients were examined later, ”the spokesperson said.
“A number of officers who have been in close contact with patients have been sued for Kovid, and Kovid-19 is now self-isolated as specified in the Safety and Contact Tracking Protocols,” the statement said.
Some hospital officials had expressed concern about the initial conduct of the explosion and the possibility of it spreading between different wards.
A spokesman said the hospital’s injury unit, medical assessment unit and outpatient services were open and were not affected by the blast.
“The Hospital Kovid Eruption Committee, headed and informed by our Consultant Microbiologist, Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Team, Hospital Consultants, HSE Occupational Health and HSE Public Health Department, has been meeting every day since the eruption and progress. To stabilize the situation, ”the spokesman said.
Speaking at a Health Service Executive (HSE) briefing on Thursday, Martin Cormicon, National Lead Professor of Health-Related Infections and Antimicrobial Prevention, said the number of patients receiving Kovid-19 in hospitals has increased in recent weeks.
Kovid-19 acquired 38 patients in the week ending November 1, up from 100 in the week ending November 8.
“Preventing the spread of infection in hospitals is” always difficult, “he said. Cormicon said, because the nature of this arrangement requires “intense personal intervention.”
“When a hospital erupts, you get a lot of cases in a very short time. We know that Letterkenny, Limerick and Nass are battling big bangs, so this number came very quickly, ”he said.
Earlier this month, multiple regular outpatient appointments at the University Hospital of Limerick and Enis Hospital in Co Clare were canceled as a result of multiple outbreaks of Covid-19, and most of the selection process.