A major COVID-19 outbreak has occurred at a private nursing home in county Galway, infecting most of the residents and staff.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice raised the matter this afternoon in the Dail where he said  25 out of 27 residents in the home have tested positive, while one of them has died.

 It was also claimed 7 out of 8 nursing staff have also been infected, along with 10 out of 11 healthcare assistants.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says the nursing home contacted the HSE for additional help, however, to date the response by the HSE has been described as less than adequate.

The problem began to emerge last Monday, when a resident was taken to hospital.

A positive Covid-19 test was returned for that person and all staff and residents in the home were subsequently swabbed.

By 10pm on Tuesday night, when the results for all tests came back, 25 out of 27 residents were found to be Covid-19 positive.

As a result, the nursing home is operating with a massively reduced number of staff today.

At present, just one nurse and one health care worker are on duty, along with some ancillary staff at the premises.

Until now, the nursing home was Covid free.

Staff say all concerned had worked night and day to safeguard residents and keep the virus at bay.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice also raised the issue in the Dáil this afternoon.




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