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HSE appeal as COVID 19 case numbers triple in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE West has issued a public appeal to adhere to public health measures following a tripling in COVID 19 cases in Galway.

Over the past five days, a dramatic increase in case numbers has been recorded across the HSE West with numbers doubling in Mayo and tripling in Galway.

The positivity rate in the walk-in centre in Galway city is now 14%, while the rate at the Carnmore base is 9.3%.

The age-specific 14 day incidence rate in Galway’s young adults ranges from 500 to 832 cases per 100,000.

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health for HSE West says this cohort of the population is largely un-vaccinated.

She told Galway Bay fm news, Covid-19 is circulating at pace in the population and a fourth wave in the West is now evident.

Breda Smyth has urged the public to continue to practice public health behaviours by wearing a mask, washing hands and avoiding large gatherings – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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Funding awarded for community facilities across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Funding has been awarded to a range of community groups across Galway to help them sustain and improve facilities in their local areas.

The funding of €143 thousand has been approved by the alway County Local Community Development Committee – or LCDC.

A total of 72 projects will avail of the latest round of funding, with allocations ranging from several hundred to €10 thousand.

In some cases, the funds support physical development or refurbishment, while in others, they support the purchase of equipment or payment of utility bills.

Mountbellew Community Centre received the maximum allocation of €10 thousand for the replacement of damaged floors.

While Youth Work Ireland Galway also received the same amount for the development of youth facilities in Loughrea.

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1,345 cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has confirmed 1,345 new cases of Covid-19 here.

It’s a reduction of 41 on yesterday’s figures which were the highest in six months.

There are currently 105 people in hospital with the virus, a reduction of one person.

Of those, 21 are in intensive care units, also a decrease of one person compared to yesterday.

The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,282, compared to 983 this day last week.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 310, while the seven-day moving average is 1,237.

The HSE continue to be affected by the recent cyber attack and the daily case figure may change due to future data review, validation and update.

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