By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council has joined with the HSE and the Gardaí and to reiterate basic messages on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking as one in a special Christmas appeal and after a schedule of additional restrictions were announced on Tuesday by the government, the three principal agencies say the recent rise in figures for those contracting the virus are very concerning.
The agencies point to the hope being provided in 2021 by the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine and are reminding everyone of the importance in ensuring older and vulnerable people are kept safe in the meantime, so that it may be availed of.
The Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr. Ger Carthy and Chief Executive Tom Enright are also urging people not to allow everyone’s hard work to date in 2020 to be undermined and are reiterating that individual actions do matter – including adherence to all the public health restrictions.
Director of the HSE’s South East Public Health Dept. Dr. Carmel Mullaney, the Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare Kate Killeen White and General Manager of Wexford General Hospital Linda O’ Leary say the HSE is anxious that individuals, families and communities act to avoid any further spikes in infections, which would place pressures on frontline services.
The Garda Chief Superintendent in Wexford Denis Ferry says we are at a critical point in tackling the spread of Covid-19 and that people in Co. Wexford must take personal responsibility to avoid situations that are a risk to themselves, their family and their friends.
Wexford County Council, the HSE and the Gardaí will be working hard to protect people through Christmas and beyond with the aim in mind of getting to a better and safer place as a society in 2021, they are urging people to continue taking precautions in relation to transmissions of Covid-19, to adhere to restrictions, and practice “the basics”:
- Reduce your contacts with other people.
- Wear a mask.
- Keep your distance.
- Wash your hands.