Coronavirus patients in isolation in University Hospital Limerick

first_img Previous articleEmma drops title track of her second albumNext articleCouncil strategy to bring new life to city centre Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Print Designed by FreepikUL Hospitals Group and HSE MidWest Community Healthcare has confirmed they are working closely with public health colleagues in tracing contacts of four confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).In a statement issued to the press, a spokesperson said the patients were “currently isolated in hospital and receiving appropriate care”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The cases were confirmed on March 4, and public health are now working rapidly to identify any contacts this small cluster may have had in the days prior to this positive result, this work will be completed as quickly as possible.“Public health colleagues are in the process of informing the relevant contacts and advising on any relevant follow-up actions that may be necessary to protect their own health, that of their families and the community at large.“The contacts include patients who attended Zone A (minors) of the Emergency Department in UHL between the hours of 10am and 2pm on Wednesday last, February 26 and they are being contacted directly.“Patients in any other area of the Emergency Department or the wider hospital are not considered to be contacts,” the statement reads.Patients who attended a small number of other health services are also being contacted by public health in line with procedure.Emergency Department operating as normalThe Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick is operating as normal today, Friday, March 6. The University Hospital Limerick (UHL) Emergency Department was “put off call” for a three-hour period on Wednesday night.“We can confirm that the Emergency Department was put off call for a three-hour period on Wednesday night to facilitate a precautionary deep clean of affected areas,” the spokesperson said, adding, “Patients arriving by ambulance were diverted to Galway University Hospitals during this interval in line with established national protocols.”Staff who were in close contact with one of the confirmed cases have been advised not to report for duty and to follow the guidance of public health and occupational health colleagues.Staff at UL Hospitals Group and in HSE Community Healthcare have been preparing for positive cases of COVID-19 for a number of weeks now and are closely following the plans established by the HSE and the Department of Health and in line with the WHO and ECDC guidance.We remain in the containment phase in relation to COVID -19 and as long as this remains the case, it is important that members of the public follow the most up-to-date advice from the HSE.General advice and information on COVID-19  for members of the public is available on www.hse.ie\coronavirus  and the vast majority of people in the MidWest can access all the relevant information here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days WhatsApp “There is extreme overcrowding in UHL this morning” – UHL Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions center_img Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Email Advertisement NewsHealthCoronavirus patients in isolation in University Hospital LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 6, 2020 946 Annie Lynch is the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook TAGSCoronavirushealthLimerick City and CountyUHL last_img read more

French Open: Federer to face Nadal in semi-finals

first_imgRoger Federer set up a French Open semi-final against defending champion Rafael Nadal by overcoming fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in four sets.Shortly before Federer won, Nadal completed a 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.But 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer endured an energy-sapping three hours and 17 minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen to win 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.“The complete dream would be to win the tournament,” said Federer, 37.“But I’m very happy, number one, to be back in another semi-final of a Grand Slam. It hasn’t happened in the last year or so. I had some tough losses in fourth rounds or quarters.“So from that standpoint, I exceeded my expectations here.”Both quarter-finals were interrupted by a thunderstorm in Paris.Federer is playing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, having missed the 2016 event with a back injury and skipped the past two clay-court swings to preserve his body.He faced the toughest test of his clay comeback so far against Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, who had progressed beyond the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time since losing in the 2017 French Open final.Federer, the third seed, dropped his first set of the tournament and only converted two of his 18 break points, although the second of those – in the ninth game of the fourth set – proved decisive.“Stan has had some tough years with injuries,” added Federer, who is into the last four of the competition for the first time since 2012.“I had to break his rhythm because he’s so powerful. I took some risks and they came off but I was pretty lucky at the end.” Source: BBClast_img read more