Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are just 4 hours left for people to cast their votes in the abortion referendum.
There’s been a higher than normal turnout through the day across the country.
Polling station officials in Galway report a brisk morning and lunch period, the expected fall off in the afternoon with the post-work surge now underway.
Average turnout in the city is 38 per cent and in the county 32 per cent
In Dublin and the commuter belt counties many polling stations have hit 30 per cent turnout, with Belmont Avenue in Donnybrook hitting 47 per cent turnout before 3 o’clock.
One box at St John of Gods in Waterford has also hit 47 per cent turnout.
Largely the number of voters has slowed down ahead of the anticipated evening rush as people get off work.
But there’s still a decent turnout.
Earlier Donegal Town reported a 32 per cent turnout.
Counties like Laois, Westmeath and Offaly in the Midlands are consistently showing between 24 and 26 per cent turnout.
The number of people who were added to the supplementary register and have voted is higher than the general trend.
There are just a few hours now left until the 10pm deadline for voting, and many in polling stations across the country think turnout will be higher than the marriage referendum.
1,120 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,120* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 142 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.
“Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.
“The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible.”
Warning Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway “extremely busy”
Statement from Saolta Hospital Group – 27th July 2021
The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway has been extremely busy this week with higher than average numbers of people attending.
There is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and we regret that many patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed in the hospital.
We ask people to contact their GP or the Westdoc Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.
We would also like to remind patients that the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.
We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.
Galway has fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has the fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide.
According to the latest health figures, the infection rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands at 439.
With 1,134 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, the incidence rate in Galway now stands at 439.
That’s a 40% increase on this time last week, when the infection rate stood at 256 – with 663 cases recorded over that two-week period.
Nationwide, Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 952, followed by Louth at 603, Laois at 454 and then Galway.
Meanwhile there are 16 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today – with 12 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Two of the patients are being treated in the intensive care unit at UHG.