WITH a walk-in testing centre opened in Killarney this morning, it has emerged that nine patients were being treated for Covid-19 in University Hospital Kerry up to 8 o’clock last night with a further five suspected cased admitted since then.
Public health specialists in the HSE South have confirmed that there are high levels of Covid-19 currently circulating in Kerry with 139 positive texts in Killarney alone in a 14-day period up to Monday last.
Nationally, a total of 2,125 cases were confirmed yesterday and numbers have now reached a high not experienced since last February.
The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has surged above 300 for the first time since March with admissions rising from 259 on Saturday to 314 this morning. There are 54 people with the virus in intensive care.
Health Service Executive chief, Paul Reid, has described the current situation as a very real threat while Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, described the upward trend in serious infection as being of significant concern.
A pop-up test site, with no appointment necessary, will be in operation at Killarney Community Hospital on St Margaret’s Road – also known as St Columbanus Home – this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 7pm each day.
The Eircode for Killarney Community Hospital is V93 X671