Galway Bay fm newsroom – The chief of the new Galway Roscommon education board says he’s confident all existing challenges can be ironed out in an 18 month period
The first meeting of the board which will cater for over 20 schools, with the majority or 15 of these in Galway and the remainder in Roscommon took place in Athenry this evening
Employing over 1400 staff the ETB will also cater for 72 education centres, and over 21 thousand full and part time students
The 50 delegates of the former City, County and Roscommon VECs will comprise the board until the local elections next year, when this figure will be reduced to 21
Former chairperson of county Galway VEC Pat Gilmore was elected unopposed as chairperson last evening
New CEO David Leahy, who lives in Loughrea, was previously the head of the North Tipperary VEC for over 7 years
He told FYI Galway it’s all about transition but it will work well over time
Shortage of ICU Beds as figures show a drop in Covid 19 Cases in Galway Hospitals but an increase in those needing treatment in ICU
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A critical shortage of ICU beds are reported in Hospitals in Galway following yesterday evening’s figures released by the HSE.
At 8pm yesterday evening, there were 116 cases in Galway University Hospital and 8 in Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.
Of that number, 18 are in ICU in Galway and 3 in Portiuncula with only two Critical Care beds available in the county. Both at Galway University Hospital.
According to last night’s figures, there are currently none available in Portiuncula Hospital.
The head of the HSE says that nationally, 650 people with Covid-19 are now receiving levels of critical care in hospital.
Paul Reid says 214 patients are in ICU and 436 are on advanced respiratory support.
He says healthcare teams are battling to hold the levels of care and to save lives.
The Chief Medical Officer says we’re starting to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.
However, Dr Tony Holohan says people must avoid meeting others.
The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen to 1,910 and the 14 day incidence rate has also dropped to 955.5.
But 77 more people have died.
In Galway City and County, the news showed an improvement in Galway’s Incidence Rate figures on previous days with a reported number of 914.9 and 74 cases.
Cathaoirleach says that Mother and Baby Homes Report will be first item discussed at Monday’s Council meeting
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council James Charity has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Homes report will be the first matter to be discussed at Monday’s council meeting in Corrandulla.
In the Dail this week, the council was criticised for a lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.
Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil this week that she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.
However, despite it being number eight on the agenda, Catherlioch of Galway County Council James Charity today told Galway Bay FM news that it was always going to be the first item discussed at Monday’s meeting.
74 new cases in Galway, 1,910 nationally and 77 further deaths from COVID-19
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 77 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
76 of these deaths occurred in January, 1 in December.
The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43-98 years.
There has been a total of 2,947 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Friday 22nd January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 186,184* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 887 are men / 1,016 are women
- 57% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 40 years old
- 710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**
As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection. Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.
“We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others. If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 186,184 confirmed cases reflects this.
**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.
|County||Today’s cases**(to midnight 22Jan2021)||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 22Jan2021)||New Cases during last 14 days(to 22Jan2021)|
7-day incidence 344.9
5-day moving average 2,273