Following a report in today's Irish Times that 9 residents at Brookvale Manor Nursing Home in Ballyhaunis have died of confirmed or suspected Covid-19, the operators of the facility - Brindley Healthcare  - have issued a statement to Midwest News.

The company says they are devastated at the loss of residents who have sadly passed away during this Covid pandemic at Brookvale Manor in Ballyhaunis - many of which they have had the privilege to care for, for many years.  

The statement says "they have become part of our family and their passing has had a profound and saddening effect on all those who have cared for them in their latter years.  The management and staff of Brookvale Manor wish to express our sincere sympathy and condolences to the families and relatives of our dearly loved residents who have passed away".

The company explains that "stringent infection control measures have been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with recommended use of PPE for all our staff and residents alike. Brookvale Manor is working closely with the Department of Public Health team in relation to the ongoing management of COVID-19, and  Brindley Healthcare have insitu all the necessary medical expertise, staff and support needed to manage this crisis our healthcare sector is facing".

The statement adds that Brindley Healthcare are grateful to the HSE for their support, and have praised their staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout the home to ensure the highest level of care is given to all residents, saying "their dedication and loyalty is an example to all frontline workers".

The statement concludes that the numbers of deaths published in the Irish Times article today are noted as "probable, not actual numbers".

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