News ID: 269394
Published: 1013 GMT May 25, 2020

More than 1,400 Irish nursing home health care workers infected in outbreaks

More than 1,400 Irish nursing home health care workers infected in outbreaks

THE IRISH TIMES

More than 1,400 Irish nursing home health care workers were infected with COVID-19 while working in facilities where clusters of the disease have been identified, new figures showed. This is more than double the number of health care workers who fell ill as a result of clusters in the state’s hospitals.

 

Data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to The Irish Times showed that there were 1,405 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease among health care workers caught up in clusters of infection in nursing homes. This compares with 613 health care workers infected in hospital clusters, 251 in clusters at residential institutions and 182 in community hospital and long-stay units.

The Health Protection Surveillance Center, which counts official numbers on coronavirus cases, only collects data on the work setting of a health care worker in cases linked to outbreaks.

Some 5,055 infected health care workers — out of a total of 7,660 COVID-19 health care worker cases as of last weekend —were not linked to a cluster of the disease.

The new figures from the HSE showed the extent to which nursing homes lost staff to illness. They do not include health care workers and other nursing home staff who had to self-isolate and wait long periods for tests in March and early April to confirm whether they had the virus.

About 32 percent of Ireland’s 24,000 known COVID-19 cases relate to health care workers.

   
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