0146 GMT July 13, 2020
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.