The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed of a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ireland, a male, in the east of Ireland, associated with travel from northern Italy.
There are now 19 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, as of midday, Saturday 7 March.
The HSE is working rapidly to identify any contacts the patient may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
The National Public Health Emergency Team met today, Saturday 7 March, to consider guidance from the Expert Advisory Group on managing healthcare workers who are close contacts of a confirmed case.
This guidance was developed in light of the recent diagnosis of COVID-19 in a patient hospitalised in Cork University Hospital, which has led to a significant number of close contacts with healthcare workers.
Dr Cillian de Gascun, Chair of the Expert Advisory Group, said:
Speaking after today’s National Public Health Emergency Team meeting Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said:
HSE senior management are currently meeting with staff in the affected hospitals, offering guidance and support.
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer in the HSE, said:
The Expert Advisory Group comprises:
|Dr Cillian de Gascun||Director NVRL, Consultant Virologist (Chair)|
|Dr Vida Hamilton||National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals|
|Dr Joanne O’Gorman||Consultant Microbiologist, Rotunda Hospital|
|Dr Gerard O’Connor||Consultant Emergency Medicine, Mater Hospital|
|Dr Derval Igoe||Consultant Public Health Medicine, NVRL/HPSC|
|Dr John Cuddihy||Director, Health Protection Surveillance Centre|
|Dr Aoife Cotter||Consultant Infectious Diseases, National Isolation Unit|
|Ms Helen Murphy||AMRIC Team, HPSC|
|Dr Jeanette McCallion||Health Products Regulatory Authority|
|Mr Robert Glennon||Immunisation Policy Unit Department of Health|
|Prof Colm Bergin||Consultant Infectious Diseases, St James’s Hospital|
|Professor Aurelie Fabre||Consultant Histopathologist|
|Dr Lynda Sisson||Consultant in Occupational Medicine, Dean Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI|
|Dr Ciara Martin||Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine|
|Dr Sean Gaine||Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Mater|
|Dr Margaret O’ Sullivan||Chair, National Zoonoses Committee, Consultant Public Health Medicine|
|Prof Martin Cormican||Consultant Microbiologist, National Clinical Lead HCAI/AMR|
|Prof Karina Butler||Chair, National Immunisation Advisory Committee, Consultant Paediatric ID|
|Dr David Hanlon||HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Primary Care|
|Dr Colman O’ Loughlin||Consultant Intensive Care Medicine, Mater Hospital|
|Dr Ronan Glynn||Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health|
The Department of Health has developed public health advice posters that are available for the public to download and display on their premises.
The National Public Health Emergency Team case definition includes Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran and four regions in northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont) alongside mainland China.
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to show.
Symptoms may include:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can also cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Things you can do to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) include:
Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub: