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A high 85 new cases of COVID-19 nationally, and one new death

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has died. 

There has now been a total of 1,763* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 29th July, the HPSC has been notified of 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.  

Of the cases notified today;

  • 53 cases are men / 32 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 26 cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across 7 other counties. 
  • 39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case
  • Half are associated with outbreaks

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

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Thursday 30th July) to review Ireland’s response and preparedness to COVID-19. 

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can remerge in our country. 

“We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.

“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Over a two-day period Ireland moved from a relatively stable epidemiology to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks. We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.”

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE; “In order to maintain health services in areas outside of COVID-19, suppression of the disease in the community is paramount. By protecting yourself from the disease you are contributing to a patient’s ability to access other services. Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from COVID-19.”

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Publicans from across Galway West to hold city meeting over delayed reopening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Publicans from across the city and Galway West will gather this evening to discuss their concerns regarding the sector’s delayed reopening.

Pubs that do not serve food must remain closed until at least until 31st August 2020.

Campaigners argue this means 3,500 pubs employing 25,000 people across the country will have been unable to trade by Government order for a minimum of 168 days or 46% of a year.

The Galway West branch of the the Vintners Federation of Ireland has approximately 200 members.

The meeting will take place in the Ardialun Hotel at Taylor’s Hill at 6pm.

It follows a meeting of the Galway East branch in Milltown earlier this week where a clear pathway to reopening was called for as well as a weekly support package for pubs that have been forced to remain closed.

Tom Mc Donagh is Chair of the Galway West branch of the VFI.

He says off licenses should have their opening hours reduced in order to discourage house parties

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Progress in plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

There has been progress in the plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre.

Galway East TD Seán Canney says the tender process is progressing for the facility.

The Independent Deputy has also received confirmation that community audiology services in Tuam which were suspended in March due to COVID-19 will recommence this month.

Deputy Canney argues Tuam Primary Care Centre should be delivering many more health facilities to serve Tuam and North Galway.

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City councillor calls on local authority to act on illegal camping at Ballyloughane beach

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A Galway city councillor has called on the city council to take action against illegal campers at Ballyloughane beach.

Cllr Alan Cheevers says an illegal encampment of tents appeared over night on the city beach, with locals raising concerns over health and safety.

The Fianna Fail councillor says residents of Ballyloughane have a right to feel safe in their area, as the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Cheevers says the beach does not have the proper facilities to support campers and the issue must be tackled before it escalates further.

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