26 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

There have been no new cases of Covid-19 in Co. Monaghan for seven days in a row, up until midnight on Sunday. This gradual decline throughout June is heartening news and is the best statistic to emerge from the Department of Health briefings since the first coronavirus case was notified on March 20th. There was also a decline in the number of cases nationally, paving the way for the Cabinet to approve an accelerated reopening of businesses and society starting on Monday. But the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that coronavirus had not gone away and called on people to take personal responsibility for their actions in preventing any further spread of the virus (see report on page 13). Virus expert Professor Sam McConkey from Co. Monaghan said it was now time to get out and live. However he said a mini lockdown might happen in future in some specific areas of the country.

An analysis by The Northern Standard of the figures published on the Department of Health Covid-19 data hub has revealed that fifteen per cent of the total of 535 Covid-19 cases in Co. Monaghan in the twelve weeks to June 20th occurred in a rural electoral area above Carrickmacross that includes a nursing home. Crossalare recorded 82 cases over three months. Further study of the statistics indicates that the main clusters in the county appear to have occurred in places where four other nursing homes are located. It should be borne in mind that a large proportion of these cases will have lasted fourteen days or less and are not a reflection of the current situation. However the figures do give some cause for concern about how the nursing home sector managed to cope throughout the pandemic. The data hub features national statistics, information and data about COVID-19 in Ireland. They were gathered in collaboration between the Department of Health, the HSE, the HSPC, the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the All-Ireland Research Observatory.

For confidentiality reasons, Electoral Districts with below five cases have been compressed to <5 (i.e. four or less; 53 LEDs with an average of 2 cases = 106 + 431 on list = 537. The figure on 12/06/20 was 535 cases). MONAGHAN MD
Anketell Grove 8 (west of Emyvale, 54 townlands) Annyalla <5 Ballinode 61 (43 townlands including Mullynahinch) Bragan <5 Castleshane <5 Clontibret <5 Derrygorry <5 Emyvale 14 (including village) Enagh <5 (former Monaghan RD) Figullar <5 Glaslough <5 Killylough <5 Monaghan Rural 74 (48 townlands including Drumbear) Monaghan Urban 33 Rackwallace 11 Scotstown 11 Shanmullagh <5 Sheskin <5 Tydavnet <5 Tyholland <5 BALLYBAY CLONES MD
Aghabog <5 Anny <5 Ballybay Rural 29 (including a nursing home) Ballybay Urban <5 Bellatrain <5 Caddagh <5 Carrickatee <5 Clones (NOT the town) <5 (Selloo and area) Clones Rural 14 (42 townlands including a nursing home) Clones Urban 18 Cormeen <5 Corracharra <5 Creeve <5 Cremartin <5 Currin <5 Dawsongrove <5 Drum <5 Drumhillagh <5 Drummully <5 Drumsnat 5 Greagh <5 Killeevan <5 Killynenagh <5 Kilmore <5 Laragh <5 Lisnaveane <5 Newbliss <5 Raferagh <5 St Tierney <5 Tullycorbet <5 CARRICkMACROSS CASTLEBLAYNEY MD
Ballymackney <5 Bocks <5 Broomfield 6 Carrickaslane <5 Carrickmacross Rural 12 Carrickmacross Urban <5 Castleblayney Rural 29 (26 townlands including Moraghy) Castleblayney Urban 5 Church Hill <5 Crossalare 82 (includes Tullyvaragh Lower) Donaghmoyne <5 Drumboory <5 Drumcarrow <5 Drumgurra <5 Enagh 19 (former RD Carrickmacross) Inniskeen <5 Kilmurry <5 Kiltybegs <5 Lough Fea <5 Mullyash <5

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