Cork County Council service operation changes related to COVID-19





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With the introduction of additional regulatory measures to minimise the spread of Covid 19 following the Government’s announcement, Cork County Council wishes to advise of further changes to its operations.

Cork County Council will continue to provide essential services and deal with emergencies; however all Council buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

More than 120 Council services can be accessed online at www.YourCouncil.ie , while queries will continue to be taken by telephone on 021 4276891, by post and by email.  General information on Cork County Council services and a full list of contact details can be found at www.corkcoco.ie

Cork County Council will continue to provide Homeless, Traveller and Social Work and HAP services. Other Housing services such as maintenance, applications/allocations, RAS/Leasing and call out response for anti-social behaviour will be available in emergency situations only.

The online service www.motortax.ie will continue to operate, as will the postal service: Motor Tax Postal, Model Business Park, Model Farm Road, Cork.  Queries will also continue to be taken by email at [email protected]. The Cork Motor Tax Office is closed to the public.

Cork County Council’s Planning Department will continue to accept and validate files.

Emergency Callouts with regard to road maintenance will be facilitated, while the Roads Winter Maintenance programme will continue together with the emptying of bins as well as essential public lighting repairs and traffic lights.

Cork County Council’s Civic Amenity Sites are temporarily closed with immediate effect. The Council’s ability to service bring sites has also been impacted upon and as such bins may fill more quickly than at other times.  Customers are requested to store recyclable materials at home until the movement restrictions are lifted and Cork County Council can return to a full service offering.  Please note any waste left on the ground at Bring Sites or left at Civic Amenity Sites when they are not operating is littering and will lead to prosecution.

Thanking the public for their continued cooperation, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Ian Doyle advised:
“I am heartened to see the many stories of communities supporting each other at this challenging time. I recognise that this is a difficult situation for everyone, particularly for the most vulnerable in our society. However, each of us have the power to make an impact, by remaining at home and restricting exercise to within 2km of where you reside, we can contribute to a better outcome for everyone.  Stand by the amazing frontline staff who face this challenge with courage and determination. Stay at home; control the spread of this virus, together we can beat this.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added

“In light of the most recent measures announced by An Taoiseach, Cork County Council has reviewed its services, to ensure that while we join the National effort to fight the spread of this virus, key public services and critical supports remain available to the people of Cork County. To ensure our most vulnerable citizens are supported during this time, we have established the “Cork County Council COVID-19 Community Support Programme”. Through this initiative, the Council will gather the many agencies, community and voluntary groups that provide daily support to those most in need in their localities, to make sure these invaluable resources are accessible across Cork County.”

Cork County Council COVID-19 Community Support Programme has been established to assist those in need with non-medical, non-health related issues that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. FREEPHONE 1800 805 819 daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm, text 085 8709010 or email [email protected] if you or anyone vulnerable you know requires assistance, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping or social support and contact. Safe Stay safe and follow HSE advice.


Cork County Council COVID-19 Community Support Programme has been established to enable the coordination of a multi-agency response in the delivery of much needed services to vulnerable citizens across County Cork.

Leading Ireland’s largest county, Cork County Council, through its programme, will ensure that the wide variety of groups working across the county to assist those in need, will do so in an organized, collaborative and targeted way.  The Council’s COVID-19 Community Support Programmewill ensure the very best use of the many resources assisting vulnerable persons with their daily needs at this unprecedented time, whether that is by collecting medication, food shopping, social support or making contact at what might be a lonely time for many.

On Sunday 29th March 2020, the Chief Executive of Cork County Council convened (by teleconference) the first meeting of the Cork County Council COVID-19 Community Support Response Forum which committed fully to supporting the Council in delivering on itsCOVID-19 Community Support Programme. This Forum represents a multi-agency approach comprising senior representatives of both Statutory and Voluntary agencies operating across Cork County, and its important work will ensure commitment and consistency in terms of delivery of the Programme.

The reach of the range of organisations involved is county-wide, among them An Garda Siochana, HSE South, local development companies, An Post, the Civil Defence plus many more voluntary groups, whose rich local knowledge and wealth of experience will feed into a single contact point and system, established by Cork County Council.

Set to come into effect from Monday March 30th, 2020, Cork County Council has provided a dedicated FREE contact number 1800 805 819 with lines open from 8.00am to 8.00PM seven days a week.  You can also email us at [email protected] or text us at (085) 8709010.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, explains “There are a number of agencies currently doing excellent work in delivering care to older and vulnerable people. From Community Gardaí, HSE and An Post to NGOs like ALONE, Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Ireland, GAA and many more. These groups are currently operating independently of each other and Cork County Council’s role is to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much needed services to our more vulnerable citizens across the County during the COVID-19pandemic. Cork County Council, through our Elected Members, our Municipal District and PPN structures, and in collaboration with our three Local Community Development Committees is ideally placed both statutorily and regionally to channel this great work, and provide the governance in partnership with all stakeholders.  This public health crisis has changed life for so many, and we are there to help with that change.  Our own staff whose day-jobs have changed due to closure of assets like our libraries, will be a key resource in the management and operation of this community support programme.  And the libraries themselves will serve as Community Support Hubs during this time”.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle, welcomed the move saying “Cork County Council is perfectly placed to mobilise the community coordination needed and to bridge any gaps that might otherwise occur. We can facilitate collaboration between the many groups doing outstanding work to help meet the needs of all of our most vulnerablecommunity members during these challenging times. From North Cork to our islands, Cork County Council’s Covid 19 Community Support Programme will ensure we serve each and every citizen of Cork County.




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Cork City Council is temporarily changing the way it delivers services due to latest COVID-19 government measures.





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Cork City Council is temporarily changing the way it delivers services due to latest Covid-19 government measures. In a statement issued this evening, the City Council informed us of the following:

Cork City Council is still providing critical services but our public offices will be closed to the public from tomorrow, Monday. We are asking residents, business and communities to telephone our Customer Service Unit at 021 492 4000 – should they need help.

An overall Covid-19 Response Group was established by senior management in Cork City Council a month ago and meets daily to assess the impact on residents, communities and businesses of the rapidly changing situation.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, residents, communities and business can access our services in the following way:

Housing:

  • HAP tenants can contact the Council via the Customer Service Unit at 021 492 4000, email [email protected] or via www.corkcity.ie
  • The Homeless Unit is now located at City Quarter, Lapps Quay and can be telephoned at 021 – 4924248 or by email [email protected]
  • Housing tenants with urgent queries, including emergency housing maintenance repairs, can contact our Customer Service Unit at 021 492 4000.

Parking:

No charges will apply for on street parking in the city. However we would ask you to park safely, have regard to other road users and follow the parking regulations e.g. please do not park in spaces provided for disabled persons. Enforcement action will also be taken against dangerous parking eg parking blocking a pedestrian crossing.

No parking charges will apply to Cork City Council-controlled on and off-street parking in Douglas either.

Cork City Council is also making its multi-storey car parks ( Paul St & North Main St  ) free so we can help the public to access city centre services eg shopping facilities and the Mercy University Hospital.

Paul St Car Park’s opening hours will be modified to match and support the adjacent shopping centre. The new opening hours are:

  • Monday to Saturday: 7am to 10.30pm
  • Sunday 9.30am to 9.30pm

 Black Ash Park and Ride was closed on Saturday evening. 

Communities:
From Monday, March 30,  a dedicated community support helpline will run from 9-5pm seven days a week to help ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels and can avail of social care supports, if needed.

The Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800-222-226. Support can also be accessed via [email protected].

Parks and green spaces:

With many of our residents housebound, our city’s parks and green spaces are more important than ever. In association with Gardai, Cork City Council has put Covid-19 rangers on bikes at the following green spaces so we can help with physical distancing.

  • Ballincollig Regional Park (West & East)
  • Blackrock-Passage Walk (Blackrock & Passage ends)
  • Leefields – Curraheen Walk (Leefields & Curraheen ends)
  • The Lough

We continue to urge residents not to meet in groups and to follow the ‘two metre’ rule if outside your home. Also please remember that we must keep exercise etc to within 2km of our homes now to stop the spread.

We have closed our 25 plus playgrounds, skateparks and multi-use games areas (MUGAs)to help ensure greater physical distancing. Mahon Golf Club is also shut.

Emergency Operations:

Our emergency response crews are still in place to respond to flooding, traffic accidents, fallen trees or branches, to make emergency public light repairs etc

Business:

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cork City Council is deferring rates payments for three months in line with the Government’s announcement. A number of business supports have also been put in place by the Department of Social Protection. For further details, please see www.corkcity.ie and www.welfare.ie

The English Market

The English Market remains open and we encourage you to support all local traders who are managing to keep the doors open.

Libraries, leisure and cultural spaces:

Following the Taoiseach’s initial Covid-19 announcement, we closed our libraries, the city and county archives in Blackpool, the Cork Public Museum at Fitzgerald’s Park, St Peters and our Leisureworld facilities at Churchfield, Bishopstown and Douglas.

However, you can avail of Cork City Libraries many online resources at www.corkcitylibraries.ie where you can borrow eBooks, eMagazines, listen to music, take an online course – and it’s all free with your library card.

Above all, remember to stay home, stay safe and follow HSE advice to help stop the spread!




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COVID-19 Community Response Forum has been established in Cork City





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At the request of Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy a Covid-19 Community Response Forum (CRF) is being put in place in Cork City and will be co-ordinated by Cork City Council.

From tomorrow morning, Monday a dedicated community support helpline will be running from 9-5pm seven days a week to help ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels and can avail of social care supports, if needed.

The new phoneline is just one aspect of the Forum’s work. Its core aim is contributing to the community-wide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring a co-ordinated community response. The Council’s COVID-19 CRF will work to ensure that local community resources are getting to the people that need them including social care support and social contact.

Taking part in the Cork City CRF are Cork City Council, the HSE, GAA, Tusla, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Paul Colton, Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin, the Age Friendly Network, Alone, Cork ETB, Migrant Forum, Citizens Information, the Cork City Volunteer Centre, the Red Cross, Civil Defence, An Post and the IFA amongst others.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “Cork City Council wants to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in our city and so I am urging everyone to stay safe and follow all the stay home, physical distancing, hand hygiene and coughing etiquette advice from HSE Public Health. However, doing this can be particularly hard on our most vulnerable, some of whom are particularly isolated already and this is where the Cork City Covid-19 CRF comes in to bring some support to those at greatest risk at these times”.

Cork City Council CE, Ann Doherty said: “There are many, many agencies currently doing super work in delivering care to older and vulnerable people in our communities and this forum is aimed at building on this, not duplicating it. These groups are operating independently of each other and our role is to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much needed services to our more socially isolated citizens We want to build on the existing good local knowledge that the voluntary groups and agencies have about those at risk in our communities”.

Details of this new service will be promoted on www.corkcity.ie . An information leaflet including the new freephone number and other information will be distributed around the city, particularly to vulnerable households.

The new Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800-222-226. Support can also be accessed via [email protected].




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A total of 200 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – 10 more deaths reported





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A total of 200 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today, bringing the total number to 2,615 in the Republic of Ireland. 10 more deaths are also being reported today. There have now been 46 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed that 10 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, 8 male and 2 female.

6 deaths are located in the east of the country, 3 in the northwest of the country and 1 in the south. The median age of today’s reported deaths is 77.

There have now been 46 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Sunday 29 March.

There are now 2,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Friday 27 March (2,216 cases), reveals:

  • 51% are male and 48% are female, with 103 clusters involving 379 cases
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 47 years
  • 564 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 77 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 506 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1,233 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 208 cases (9%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 24%, travel abroad accounts for 25%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“Today, we are informed of a further 10 deaths. Our condolences are with the family and friends of all patients who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“While we continue to build our capacity for intensive care, our strategy remains to prevent people from needing intensive care in the first place.

“We know the virus will not survive if we prevent it from passing among ourselves. The enhanced restrictions announced on Friday aim to slow down and restrict the spread of the virus.”

“We are asking everyone to embrace the new restrictions and follow public health advice to stay home and restrict your movements for the next two weeks. It is in all our hands to interrupt the spread of this virus.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, noted that attendance at blood donation clinics is permitted at this time.

“I welcome the measures taken by the Irish Blood Transfusion Board to implement social distancing at their clinics and to maintain the blood supply.

“3,000 blood donations are needed every week to meet demand and the ready availability of this blood for transfusion is vital to the daily treatment of patients in our hospitals.”

View the Department of Health’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Dashboard for the latest case information and statistics.




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Páirc Uí Chaoimh COVID-19 testing centre has closed temporarily today





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The COVID-19 testing centre at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been closed temporarily today, due to a lack of testing material.

We reached out to the HSE, and a spokesperson has commented: “I can confirm Páirc Uí Chaoimh is closed today. Testing was taking place in Pairc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. We are up-to-date on referrals in the Cork and Kerry area, and will tomorrow offer appointments for any outstanding referrals. There has been limited testing nationally today as the supply of testing materials has been limited and further order is due in this evening and will be distributed.”




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Man arrested following aggravated burglary and false imprisonment in Carrigaline early this morning





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Gardaí in Togher have arrested a man, aged in his late 20s, for an aggravated burglary and false imprisonment which took place in a domestic residence in the Carrigaline area, Co. Cork in the early hours of Saturday morning, 28th March 2020.

The man entered the house with a large kitchen knife and proceeded to an upstairs bedroom where he woke the occupant of the house. He proceeded to verbally threaten the woman, and threatend her with the knife while he directed her downstairs.

The woman was held against her will for approximately two hours before he left the house on foot. No injuries were incurred and no damage was caused to the property.

The man was arrested and brought to Togher Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He has since been charged in relation to this incident and is due to appear before a special sitting of Cork District Court this afternoon, 29th March 2020 at 12.30pm.




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List of ‘Essential Services’ as defined by the Irish Government – 28th March 2020





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The National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets will close to members of the public and all other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.

Here’s a list of ‘Essential Services/Workers‘ as defined by the Government, today, 28th March 2020
The Government has decided that people everybody should stay at home until April 12th 2020, except for the following situations:

The government has decided that everyone should stay at home until 12 April 2020, except for the following situations:

  • To travel to and from work, or for purposes of work, only where the work is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home
  • To shop for essential food, beverage and household goods or collect a meal
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
  • For vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people
  • To take brief individual physical exercise within 2 kilometres of your home, which may include children from your household, as long as you adhere to strict 2 metre physical distancing
  • For farming purposes, that is food production or care of animals
  • As stated in previous guidance, all employees should work remotely from home if at all possible.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to employers and employees as to what constitutes an essential service where workers cannot work from home and have no option but to travel to work.

In addition, workers in the categories of essential services set out in the attached appendix are permitted to travel to work, subject to compliance with the guidance below.

  • If you carry out an activity that is necessary for the continued provision of an essential service by another organisation or you are part of an essential supply chain, you should continue to carry out that activity. To the maximum extent possible, that should be done remotely.
  • The government also recognises that many companies in Ireland are critical to global supply chains that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis, and many companies also perform critical global roles in other aspects of medicine, as well as security, cyber, cloud and data centre infrastructure. It is intended that these essential global roles are encompassed within this national guidance.

What employers should do

  • Refer to this guidance to decide whether your organisation is providing an essential service; it is not necessary to seek official authorisation
    if you are providing an essential service, you should identify those employees (including sub-contractors and so on) who are essential to the provision of that service and notify them. This can be done by category of employee or by individual; it could include all employees of the organisation
  • If you are providing an essential service, latest public health guidance should be followed at all times

What employees should do

  • If your employer notifies you that you are an essential employee, or that you belong to a category of essential employees, you are permitted to travel to and from work
  • When travelling to and from work, you should at all times bring with you either a work identification or a letter from your employer indicating that you are an essential employee, as well as one other form of identification
  • If you are self-employed, a farmer or agricultural worker, or a member of the clergy, you should carry one form of identification with you at all times
  • If you are a volunteer who is working as part of the national community response, you are permitted to travel for that purpose, for example, if you are delivering food, supplies or medicine to a person who is cocooned or vulnerable. The Local Government emergency response teams will co-ordinate that response at local level.

Business Continuity and Resilience

  • All organisations who provide essential services should have business continuity and resilience plans in place. This should take account of the possibility that key workers or key facilities may be impacted by COVID-19.

Non Essential Services

  • If you are not engaged in the provision of essential services, then you are not permitted to travel to and from work until 12 April 2020.
  • There will be a grace period until 6pm on Monday 30 March for people who need to make necessary arrangements to wind down their activities in an orderly way. This should however be done in a way that minimises travel and personal interaction as much as possible.
  • In exceptional circumstances, it is accepted that some extra time will be needed for a wind down of activity, or necessary for a site to continue to operate at a reduced level of activity, for example in complex manufacturing processes or very large construction projects.

Review

  • This Guidance will be kept under ongoing review, and will be updated as required.

Services provided in the following areas are considered to be essential:

  • Agriculture and Fishing
  • Farmers
  • Farm labourers
  • Farm relief service workers
  • Others involved directly or indirectly in crop and animal production and related activities (including veterinary services), and workers involved in fishing

Manufacturing

  • The manufacture of food and beverage products
  • The manufacture of prepared animal feeds
  • The manufacture of work-wear apparel or footwear
  • The manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard and wood
  • The printing and reproduction of newspapers and other media services
  • The manufacturing of coke and refined petroleum products
  • The manufacturing of alumina; chemicals and chemical products
  • The manufacture of pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • The manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services; computer, electronic and optical products including semi-conductors; electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery); medical devices; and medical and dental equipment and supplies

Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment

  • The supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment and industrial machinery and equipment for essential services

Electricity, Gas and Water

  • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
  • Extraction and distribution of gas
  • Water collection, treatment and supply
  • Sewerage; waste collection, remediation activities and other waste management treatment and disposal activities

Construction

  • Essential health and related projects relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects
  • Repair/construction of critical road and utility infrastructure
  • Delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing

Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • Retail services in accordance with the separate “Updated Essential Retail Outlets” list
  • Wholesale and distribution services necessary for the sale of food, beverages, fuel, medicines, medical products and devices and essential household products; takeaways and food delivery services

Transport Storage and Communication

  • Land transport (for example, bus, rail and taxi services)
  • Road, rail, sea and air freight
  • Sea and air passenger services; ports and airports
  • Warehousing and support activities for transportation including cargo-handling; postal and courier activities; network control and critical maintenance (including roads); and safety related functions

Accommodation and Food Services

  • Hotels or similar providing essential accommodation (including homeless, direct provision and related services)
  • Food and beverage service activities in accordance with the separate essential retail outlets list or for supply to a business engaged in an essential service

Information and Communications

  • The publishing of newspapers, journals and periodicals as well as video, television programme production, sound recording, radio and television broadcasting; wired and satellite and telecommunications activities; internet and cloud providers; data centres and related services

Financial and legal activities

  • Banking and financial services (including banks, credit unions and post offices)
  • Accountancy, legal and insurance services necessary to support essential services and vulnerable people

Professional, Scientific and Technical activities

  • Engineering, technical testing activities and analysis
  • Scientific research and development activities
  • Regulation, inspection and certification services necessary to support essential services

Rental and Leasing Activities

  • Rental and lease of cars
  • Light motor vehicles and trucks necessary to support the provision of essential services

Administrative and Support Services

Where necessary to support other essential services:

  • Employment placement and human resources associated with the recruitment and deployment of workers
  • Security activities to assist in the delivery of essential services and the securing of premises closed to the public
  • Cleaning of buildings and industrial cleaning activities; business support activities which are necessary to support essential services included on this list; payroll and payment services necessary for the operation of businesses; data processing, hosting and related activities

Public Administration and Defence
Public administration activities necessary to support essential services and provision of social protection benefits (including Civil Service and Local Government):

  • An Garda Siochana, Garda Staff and the Garda Reserve
  • Public order, safety, fire service and ambulance activities
  • The Defence Forces
  • Emergency call answering service to ensure administration of justice
  • Prison services and Child Detention services
  • Cyber-security
  • Regulatory processes and certification required to ensure supply chains, food, medicine and general process safety
  • Operation of botanical gardens, parks, forests and nature reserves
  • Funeral services
  • Religious personnel
  • Office-holders and public representatives

Human health and social work activities

  • Hospital services
  • Paramedical and essential therapy activities
  • Public health activities (including all those deployed to contract tracing and COVID-19 testing services)
  • Laboratory services
  • Drug treatment and addiction services
  • Hospice services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Primary care, general and specialist medical practice activities provided by public and private providers
  • Emergency dental practice activities
  • Blood donation service
  • Residential care activities (including nursing care, mental health and substance abuse, elderly and persons with disabilities, children’s residential services)
  • Homecare home help and other community services
  • Social work and social care activities (including disability services, mental health, child protection and welfare, domestic, sexual and gender based violence,
  • Homeless services including outreach)
  • Ambulance/pre-hospital emergency care services
  • Minor injury units
  • Maternity services
  • Health, social work, environmental, food safety regulatory activities

Community/Voluntary Services

  • Community and voluntary workers, working in a publicly commissioned service, not otherwise included on the list, deployed to assist in the delivery of essential services
  • Volunteer services operating under the local authority emergency management framework in accordance with public health guidance




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A total of 294 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – 14 more deaths reported





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A total of 294 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today, bringing the total number to 2,415 in the Republic of Ireland. 14 more deaths are also being reported today. There have now been 36 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 14 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

All 14 deaths located in the east of the country. The median age of today’s reported deaths is 81.

There have now been 36 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 294 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Saturday 28 March.

There are now 2,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 26th March (1,904 cases), reveals:

  • 53% are male and 46% are female, with 91 clusters involving 351 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
  • 489 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 67 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 445 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1070, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 184 cases (10%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 25%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today, we have our highest recorded number of deaths so far. Our condolences are with the family and friends of all patients who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“We thank all citizens who have complied with restrictive measures, who continue to follow public health advice and remain concerned for those around them.

“We must remain focused in our shared efforts to prevent the spread of this infection, to prevent severe illness especially that which requires ICU admission and ultimately save lives.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The Department of Health, HSE and our frontline workers will continue to take every action against COVID-19, but it is each and every one of us, individually, who has the power to reduce this threat. Stay at home, follow the advice and protect one another.”

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.

 




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Minister Murphy Announces the Establishment of Community Support Forum in Each Local Authority





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Minister Murphy Announces the Establishment of Community Support Forum in Each Local Authority

In light of the further COVID-19 measure announced by An Taoiseach, particularly around cocooning requirements for certain vulnerable members of the community, Minister Murphy, wrote to all local authority chief executives last night, requesting that they immediately operationalise the Framework for Local Authority Community Support and put the helplines and support structures in place over the weekend.

Arising from this, the City and County Management Association met early this morning and the Local Authority Community Response Forum will meet in every local authority area to coordinate and ramp up work to help ensure all vulnerable members of our communities affected by these new arrangements are appropriately supported.

Chaired and coordinated by each local authority chief executive the Forum will consist of the HSE, the council, county champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Siochana, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders. It will lead the co-ordination of COVID-19 community supports and resilience in each area.

If a vulnerable person needs to make contact immediately they can contact 0818 222024

Services

It will provide the following services:

· Collection & Delivery – Food, essential household items, fuel, medication in line with guidance

· Transport to Community testing centres Clinical Assessment Hubs GP and hospital appointments

· Social Isolation, supports, engagement

· Meals and their delivery

· Garda-related

· Other medical/health needs

There will be a community support helpline/call centre operating from early morning to late evening, 7 days per week, in every local authority. It will be cross-referenced by the Alone National Helpline.

A full end to end service delivery process will ensure clients are identified and supported consistently in every area.

There will follow detailed communications through the Local Government Management Agency/City and County Management Association nationally and from each local authority through its own channels and local media.



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Government issue a statement on ‘New Public Health Measures’ and ‘Essential Services’ today, March 28th 2020





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Today, March 28th 2020, Government have issue a statement on the New Public Health Measures effective now to prevent further spread of COVID-19. These include information on ‘Essential Services.’

Stay at home in all circumstances, except in the following situations:

  • To travel to and from work where the work is considered an essential service.
  • To attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products for yourself, your family or someone who is vulnerable or cocooning
  • For vital family reasons including caring for children, elderly or vulnerable people but excluding social family visits
  • To take brief individual physical exercise within your locality, which may include children from your household within 2 kilometres of your home and adhering to strict 2 metre social distancing measures
  • You cannot arrange a gathering with anybody you do not live with.

Cocooning will be introduced for those over 70 years of age and those who are extremely medically vulnerable to COVID-19.

Essential Services

  • Everyone who can work from home must work from home. This includes essential workers and workers in essential government, utilities or other functions.
  • Adult community education centres and local community centres are closed
  • All essential services should ensure safe working conditions are in place
  • Specific advice will be available from the Health and Safety Authority

Health Considerations

  • All non-essential surgery, health procedures and other non-essential health services are postponed
  • All visits to hospitals, residential healthcare centres, other residential settings are prisons are stopped with specific exemptions on compassionate grounds
  • Pharmacists are to be allowed by law to dispense medicines outside the dates spelled out in prescriptions according to their own professional judgement
  • Manufacturers will be called on to adapt their manufacturing capacity to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment, masks and other essential products for national market, including hand gels and other essential medicines and products by pharmacies

Transport and Travel

Travel restrictions will be implemented as follows:

  • There will be a nationwide restriction on travel outside of 2 kilometres from your place of residence, except for the restrictions listed above
  • Public transport and passenger travel will be restricted to essential workers
  • Travel to Ireland’s offshore islands is limited only to residents of those islands
  • Local authorities will relax on-street parking laws to meet the travel needs of essential workers
  • The arrival of personal non-national maritime leisure vessels is banned (except to exceptions as ‘port in a storm’)

Legislation and Regulation

The measure above will be reflected in the regulations to be made under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2000 and will be enforced by the Garda Síochána.

 

 





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