Covid-19 testing

  • Connacht pro players and staff have undergone testing for Covid-19, as part of the return to train protocols put in place by the IRFU.

    The players first had their temperatures taken, and then underwent tests at the Sportsground in Galway yesterday, before they return to pre-season training from next Monday.


  • The HSE has resumed serial Covid-19 testing of all staff in meat processing factories.

    Siptu says there have been 1,500 cases among workers and 31 separate outbreaks in these settings.

    Last week the mass testing regime was suspended, due to an increase in suspected cases in the community.

    However, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says the programme resumed on Monday.

  • A temporary Covid-19 testing facility has been set up at the County Clinic in Castlebar utilising army style tents.


    Saolta has confirmed to Midwest News that as a result of MacHale Park, Castlebar being unavailable as a COVID-19 Testing Drive Thru facility from today until Sunday September 27th, a temporary testing facility has been set up at the County Clinic.


    The HSE will revert to McHale Park again on Monday September 28th.

  • In-patients at Mayo University Hospital have to wait between 7 and ten days after being tested for Covid -19 to get a result. That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District,Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The cathaoirleach says this time span is simply unacceptable, as he says at Sligo University Hospital, part of the same Saolta group of Hospitals the results of tests for Covid -19 can be ready in just three hours.

    Michael Kilcoyne says in Dublin and Cork hospitals the waiting time for patients in the hospital to get a test result for the virus is six hours.

    He claims it’s because these hospitals have labs available in-house, while Mayo tests are all sent to the central laboratories where the waiting time for results are now often ten days.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne claims that there is a machine idle at Mayo University Hospital that if utilised could provide faster test results, and he is calling on Minister Harris and the CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group to clarify why it is not being used.

    He highlighted his concerns on Midwest News this morning.

    Midwest News has contacted the Saolta group for comment.