Dedicated Mid West virus helpline launched

first_imgLimerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Annie Lynch is the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSCoronavirusfeatyredhelplineMid West dedicated NewsBreaking newsDedicated Mid West virus helpline launchedBy Bernie English – March 9, 2020 839 Limerick pre-school making child’s play of Covid 19 hand sanitiserUL Hospitals Group and HSE Mid West Community Healthcare can confirm they are working closely with Public Health colleagues in tracing contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).A new helpline 1890 300046 has been launched to provide information and support to the public in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary who are considered a casual contact or close contact of confirmed cases in the Mid West.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The information and advisory team has been established as a local point of contact. The National HSE Live helpline number is 1850 24 1850. All general queries should be directed to the national helpline number.The people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection have been interviewed in depth by the Department of Public Health and their contacts who are at risk of infection have been identified. This is contact tracing. During the contact tracing process people who have been identified as a contact of the case are categorised as either having “close” contact or “casual contact”. These definitions are based on international best practice and reflect how long the person was in contact with the case and the closeness of physical contact. We are in the process of communicating with these close and casual contacts.People who live in the communities around these cases, who have not been identified as part of this process, are at the same risk of coronavirus infection as other people living in Ireland.We remain in the containment phase in relation to COVID -19 and as long as this remains the case, it is important that members of the public follow the most up-to-date advice from the HSE. General advice and information on COVID-19  for members of the public is available on www.hse.ie\coronavirus  and the vast majority of people in the Mid West can access all the relevant information here.HSE Mid West Helpline Opening Hours10am – 5pm     Monday                     10am – 5pm     Tuesday10am – 5pm     Wednesday               10am – 5pm     Thursday10am – 5pm     Friday                 10am – 5pm     Saturday10am – 5pm     SundayEnds Print Emailcenter_img Previous article1.9 million expected to contract CoronavirusNext articleDr Sinead Kane to Talk at Limerick Event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Twitter Advertisement Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Infection Control Team in place at University Hospital Limerick following “outbreak” of Covid-19 WhatsApp Shannon Chamber welcomes announcement that drive-thru Covid-19 testing centre to open at Shannon Airport last_img

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