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Mayor calls on city council to tackle graffiti following latest litter survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway is calling on the city council to tackle graffiti on public property as soon as possible.
The call comes in the wake of the latest IBAL litter survey which shows that the city is ‘Clean to European Norms’ but Ballybane is ranked 2 from the bottom in the national survey.
Mayor Niall McNelis says funding has been allocated in the city budget to clear graffiti at places such as Millennium Park and along city waterways.
More at 5 on FYI Galway…

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7 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 2nd April 2020 (4,014 cases), reveals 7 new confirmed cases in Galway, bringing the total to 105.

Other data includes:

  • 48% are male and 52% are female, with 206 clusters involving 838 cases
  • Median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,118 cases (28%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 158 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 1,084 cases (27%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,251 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 304 cases (8%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 62%, close contact accounts for 24%, travel abroad accounts for 14%
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17 more deaths from Covid-19 in the Republic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 17 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. 

  • 15 deaths located in the east, 1 in the south, 1 in the west of the country
  • The patients included 4 females and 13 males
  • 13 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions
  • Median age of today’s reported deaths is 77

There have now been 137 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

The median age of deaths in Ireland is 81.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 331 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as of 1pm, Saturday 4th April.

There are now 4,604 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This week, the National Public Health Emergency Team made a range of recommendations to support the response in nursing homes and long-term residential facilities to COVID-19. This remains a priority for our focused attention and we will continue to monitor the rate of infection within these environments and support the sector through this outbreak.

“The nationwide, collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 has been inspiring. We must keep up this effort, continue to protect the vulnerable in our society and ultimately flatten the curve.”

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Galway Rural Development CEO appointed Covid-19 ‘community champion’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway Rural Development has been chosen as a ‘community champion’ to lead Galway’s community fight against Covid-19.

Steve Dolan was appointed as part of the ‘Covid Community Outreach’ programme organised by the Government in association with The Wheel and Irish Rural Link.

Champions in each of the 25 counties are chosen based on criteria including strong local links, experience of engaging with community groups and ongoing contact with those the programme seeks to help.

Speaking on his appointment, Steve Dolan said:

“We know that many of the people we work with are struggling with the isolation, employment, or other issues associated with the current restrictions and we’re here to help.”

“Services across the county are responding rapidly to the changed circumstances, and community and voluntary organisations are supporting vulnerable individuals and community groups wherever needed. We’ll get through this together.”

Steve was the recipient of a ministerial award in 2018 for promoting integration and social inclusion, and raised €10,000 for Galway charities and community organisations last year through the publication of heritage books during Heritage Week.

Meanwhile, Galway County Council is also co-ordinating organisations across the county and a dedicated community support helpline is available at 1800 92 88 94 or email covidsupport@galwaycoco.ie.

Galway City Council has also launched a freephone number to assist the elderly and vulnerable across the city who are in social isolation due to Covid-19.

The freephone number is 1800 400 150 – while the dedicated community support forum can also be contacted via email at covidsupport@galwaycity.ie.

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