LATEST: Over 20 new cases of Covid-19 in Laois

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LATEST: Over 20 new cases of Covid-19 in Laois

Twenty-two new cases of Covid-19 have been notified in Laois today.

This brings to 321 the number of cases in the county over the past 14 days, with the incidence rate for the same period at 379

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 15 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

All 15 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 68-99 years.

There has been a total of 3,307 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Saturday 30th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 196,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

579 are men / 659 are women
60% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 39 years old
430 in Dublin, 97 in Wexford, 87 in Cork, 84 in Limerick, 76 in Galway and the remaining 473 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,516 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 211 are in ICU. 39 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “There is an onus on employers to ensure that, in the first instance, staff are encouraged to work from home and in cases where that is not possible, that their workplaces are safe for staff and customers and in full compliance with infection prevention and control measures.

“The HPSC has comprehensive guidance on outbreak management and infection prevention control measures that every employer should be familiar with and activating on their premises. I encourage all employers and managers to review their workplaces and ensure they have effective measures in place.”