As more cases of the Coronavirus are confirmed, Croke Park will be set up as a testing location
A couple of hours ago residents surrounding Croke Park received a message from the grounds authorities, stating the in the near future, GAA Headquarters has been recognised as a suitable location for a ‘drive-through’ testing area.
The statement sent to residents in the area read: “Following a high-level request from the HSE today and in the national interest, Croke Park is to become a drive-thru facility for testing for Covid-19 for designated appointments.”
“This will not be a walk-up service. The stadium layout has been identified as being suitable for facilitating this important service at this time. As soon as we have further information, we will share with you.”
The HSE are searching for way to keep pace with the ever growing pandemic and are also looking for measures to further protect health care professionals from infection. And it’s believed that the tunnel in the stadium provides a suitable and safe venue for testing.
Details of the plan are sketchy and still to be fleshed out. But it’s understood that individuals who require testing will could drive through the stadium and be tested without leaving their car. The testing service will be by appointment only and no walk up tests will be available.
The move comes as the EU step up plans to combat the spread of the virus. A temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU is set to be imposed for a period of 30 days.
CMO reminds us of the essentials
Chief Medical Office Dr. Tony Holohan has informed the public that the next seven days are vital if we expect the spread of Covid-19 to dramatically reduce.
With the number of coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland expected to jump considerably this week, Dr Holohan outlined eight ways that the public can help to slow the virus and reduce the burden on hospitals:
1. Reduce your social contacts – see only a handful of people in your network
2. Distance yourself two metres from people in shops and supermarkets
3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
5. Wash your hands regularly and practice cough and sneeze hygiene
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
7 .Check on your vulnerable family members and neighbours
8. Work from home where possible