Vast majority of residents and staff in Galway nursing home test positive for Covid-19
One resident has died.
The vast majority of residents and some staff at a Galway nursing home have tested positive for Covid-19.
RTÉ News reports that most of the residents in the unnamed nursing home have tested positive for coronavirus since last Monday. A number of staff have also been affected by the cluster.
The situation emerged last week when one of the home's residents was taken to hospital for treatment. Following the person's positive Covid test, the rest of the residents were immediately tested for the virus.
25 out of 27 residents were found to test positive. One resident has since died.
10 care staff and seven nurses have also tested positive for the virus since last week. They have all been self isolating to curb the spread of the virus.
Currently, reports suggest that just one healthcare worker and one nurse remain working at the home.
The issue has since been raised in the Dáil.
This comes as Ireland begins its first day under Level 5 restrictions. These measures have closed all non-essential businesses, reduced travel to within a 5km radius, and banned all household visits unless from a social bubble.
Level 5 restrictions will last for six weeks.