Wexford Covid-19 “a very serious concern”

By Dan Walsh

Following an extension of existing restrictions and additional measures announced by the government, HSE, Gardaí and Wexford County Council, in a joint special appeal issued today, are warning that “the Covid 19 incident rate in Co. Wexford in the first month of 2021 has been very worrying and remains a very serious concern.”

Director of the HSE’s South East Public Health Department. 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 ongoing roll out of the Covid Vaccine and the slight reduction in figures evident this week provide some hope. However, they are anxious that older and vulnerable people are kept safe in the meantime, so that the Vaccine roll out has maximum effect and that the pandemic related demand on health services reduces to the benefit of other day to day services.

The Garda Chief Superintendent in Wexford Denis Ferry said the co-operation of the public to remain within their 5km zones was crucial in this respect. Whilst their members will continue to operate check points, the Chief Superintendent said the Gardaí echoed the appeals of the HSE and Wexford Council for people to take personal responsibility to avoid situations that are a risk to themselves, their family and their friends.

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr. Ger Carthy and Chief Executive Tom Enright agreed that a downturn in incidence of Covid-19 locally can be achieved through the continued determination of people to stay at home, to work from home where possible and to avoid meeting and socialising with others. It is imperative, the local authorities say, that everyone continues to strictly adhere to the public health advice to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this highly infectious disease.

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In the current Level 5 of restrictions, everyone is being asked not just to adhere to the basics of prevention but also to stay at home – except for travel for work, education or to take exercise within 5kms of home.  

The HSE, the Gardaí and Wexford County Council, in thanking the public for their efforts to date, are reminding everyone that individual actions do matter – including adherence to all the public health restrictions.

The three agencies are working hard to protect people with the aim in mind of getting to a better and safer place as a society and 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.

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