PUBLIC HEALTH APPEAL TO OBSERVE COVID GUIDELINES AFTER ‘SERIOUS’ RISE IN CASES IN NORTH MONAGHAN

12 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COUNTY HAS SECOND HIGHEST INCIDENCE RATE OF THE VIRUS

Michael Fisher

Monaghan has seen a worrying spike in the number of Covid cases in the past week. On Monday, 42 cases were reported and the county now has the second highest 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in the State (668).

The Department of Public Health North East, Monaghan GAA and Monaghan County Council are appealing to people in Monaghan to continue to follow public health advice because of their concerns over the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Monaghan in recent weeks. HSE Public Health North East says there were142 cases of Covid-19 in the Monaghan Local Electoral Area (covering north Monaghan) in the fortnight up to Monday of last week.

The latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre figures, covering the fourteen day incidence rate from 20th July to 2nd August reported that the Monaghan LEA has an incidence rate of 625.7 cases per 100,000 of population. This compares to a national incidence rate of 372.6. The rate in the Monaghan LEA is now almost double the national rate. Director of Public Health North East, Dr Augustine Pereira, said: “The current situation in Monaghan is concerning, as case numbers are increasing rapidly. The high incidence rates we are seeing in Monaghan reflect how serious the situation can become in a matter of days and weeks. We have not seen this level of infection since early February, which is a worrying trend and shows that this virus is prevalent in our communities.”

AVOID HOUSE GATHERINGS

Dr Pereira continued: “We are appealing to teenagers and those in their twenties and thirties in particular to reduce their social contacts and to avoid attending house gatherings. The 15-24 year age group accounted for 40% of cases in Monaghan last week. This is why we are urging everyone…

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