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Laois nursing home battling Covid-19 outbreak among residents and staff

A Laois nursing home is battling a Covid-19 outbreak amongst residents and staff.

Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally had remained Covid-free throughout the pandemic until recently.

Brookhaven Healthcare group runs the nursing home and they have confirmed that 40 of the 65 residents have tested positive.

While 15 of the nursing home’s 75 staff are also positive for Covid.

The majority of these are thankfully believed to be asymptomatic.

Brookhaven Healthcare group runs a number of nursing homes around the country – including one in Ballyragget.

Droimnin Nursing Home was due to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on January 19 and it remains to be seen what effect, if any, this will have on that plan. 

LaoisToday made attempts to contact Droimnin for comment but have been unsuccessful so far.

The news comes as the Covid-19 situation around the country continues to deteriorate.

There have been a further six Coronavirus-related deaths and a massive 6,110 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.

Of the new cases announced today, 80 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate goes to 494.7 up from 406.2 yesterday.

There are now 419 confirmed active cases in the county compared to 344 yesterday.

As of 2pm today, 776 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 70 are in ICU. 92 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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