Like the rest of the country and indeed the rest of the world, the number of cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Limerick is growing. By Sunday 5th of April the number of cases detected in Limerick was 128.
Although that figure appears relatively low in comparison to other locations preparations are being made for an expected surge.
As well as the existing beds at University Hospital Limerick 120 further beds in a field hospital are at an advanced stage of development and further isolation beds are being prepared at Croom Hospital.
Officials say they are ready for the surge but emphasise that the social distancing, isolation and hygiene guidelines must be strictly adhered to in order to slow the spread of the disease.
The main points for everyone to remember are:
- Stay at home unless it is necessary to go out for essential reasons.
- If you are over 70 or medically vulnerable, don’t go outside your home and garden.
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- Dispose of packaging coming into the house and clean groceries before storing.
- Wash hands again!
- Stay at least 2 metres from other people.
For best advice go to the HSE website at https://www.hse.ie/eng/
Please do not rely on posts on Social Media (Facebook, WhatsApp etc) for information. These apps may be great for keeping in touch with family and friends but the are often a source of false or misleading information which can be dangerous.
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The best source for Ireland is the HSE.