Mayo University Hospital has confirmed that there are a number of cases of covid-19 confirmed at the facility at present.

This comes as the number of covid hospitalisations has significantly risen across the country today

Independent Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, has questioned the management at the hospital in dealing with disease control measures.

The Independent Cllr has written to the head of the Saolta Hospital Group to provide an update on the situation at the Mayo facility.

There has been a jump in the number of patients with confirmed cases of the disease today at MUH, rising from 9 to 19 over the past 48 hours.

Two wards are closed for new admissions due to a number of confirmed cases of the virus.

Cllr Michael Kilcoyne is a member of the HSE West Forum and is calling on the Minister for Health to take the necessary action to resolve the situation at MUH.

Midwest News has contacted the Saolta Hospital Group for comment on the situation and have received this response:

"Management at Mayo University Hospital (MUH) would like to remind the public that visiting restrictions are in place at the hospital. Members of the public should not visit the hospital except on compassionate grounds and these visits should be arranged in advance with the nurse manager on the ward.

The hospital is currently managing an outbreak of COVID- 19 (an outbreak is defined as 2 or more cases), as is the situation in many other hospitals around the country. Currently there are 2 wards closed for new admissions due to a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The hospital is following the national public health guidance in relation to the management of suspect cases, confirmed cases and close contacts. COVID-19 testing and contact tracing of both staff and patients has been carried out to ensure the protection of public health. The hospital is directly updating patients and families impacted.

It is really important that patients who are attending MUH for an appointment continue to follow all the public health guidance including wearing a face mask. We also remind patients to attend their appointments alone, unless the support of another person is essential."

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