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Four areas across Galway well above average Covid-19 incidence rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Four electoral areas in Galway have 14-day incidence rates of Covid-19 well above the national average.

Gort Kinvara has the highest of 664, compared to the national average of 523 per 100 thousand population.

Next is Galway City Centre at 640, Galway City East at 628 and Athenry-Oranmore at 627.

All other areas across the county are below the national average.

Galway City West is 469, Tuam is 464, Loughrea and Ballinasloe are both 370, Connemara South is 328 and Connemara North is 320.

It comes as new figures have shown that Irelands rate of Covid 19 in now the highest in the European Union.

Tomas Ryan, Associate Professor in Trinity College says health authorities need to examine why the rate remains so high.

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Appeal to Galway students to avoid drugs as they return to city’s colleges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s Crime Prevention Officer is appealing to students to avoid drugs and get involved with other aspects of campus life instead as they return to the city’s colleges for the new academic year.

Over 1,800 people aged between 18 and 24 entered a drug treatment programme last year, at a time when students were studying remotely.

Gardaí have today launched a new awareness campaign reminding students can lead to a criminal record, risk of addiction and loss of career opportunities.

Garda Crime Prevention Officer for Galway Sgt. Michael Walsh says gardai are concerned at the growing drugs culture and the potential outcome.

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1,423 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,423* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 286 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

“COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland – it is important that all of us receive our COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us.

“Once again today, we see more elements of our society and economy reopen. If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19.

“If you display cold or flu like symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose, self-isolate immediately. Please do not meet up with others or attend events, work or school. Arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible.”

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Efforts continue to find base for Galway city’s Christmas Park n Ride service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts to secure a suitable base for a park and ride system in Galway city during the forthcoming Christmas season are continuing.

City Council CEO, Brendan McGrath, told a meeting of City Councillors that efforts to find a base for the service in the Racecourse area are ongoing, despite earlier failed attempts to secure the Ballybrit location.

Councillors at this week’s City Council meeting stressed that only 98 days remain from now until Christmas.

But time is of the essence if a park and ride bus service is are to be in place in Galway city for the shopping season.

Efforts to establish the long-standing park and ride starting point at the Galway Racecourse have not worked out, so far.

There is a Covid testing centre at the Racecourse which limits the space there.

However, Council CEO Brendan McGrath said that contacts continue with the Racecourse management in the hope of reaching a solution.

In the meantime, Councillors Alan Cheevers and Declan McDonnell suggested the Galway Airport site should be looked at but Senior Engineer, Uinsionn Finn said that it may not be a good location.

Councillor Clodagh Higgins said she could see shoppers hitting for Athlone or Limerick to escape the traffic gridlock in Galway unless a park and ride service was in operation at Christmas.

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