Concern Over Rise In Workplace Outbreaks In Midwest

Health officials have raised concern about an increase in the number of Covid 19 outbreaks in workplaces across the Mid-West.

There were more than 960 cases of Covid-19 in the region in the past two weeks, though the vast majority of those were in Limerick.


Public Health Midwest has recorded 858 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks in neighbouring Limerick, with 65 cases recorded in Clare and 40 in North Tipperary.

The current 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 54.7 in Clare but 440.2 in Limerick.

The department is now investigating COVID-19 situations in 37 workplaces in the Mid-West, involving more than 10 outbreaks, 128 cases, and an estimated 270 close contacts, though the majority of those are in Limerick.

The latest figures show there were fewer than five new daily cases of Covid 19 recorded in Clare, compared to 37 in Limerick.

In a statement, Director of Public Health, Dr Mai Mannix has urged students and friends and families of students, to be extra conscious of activity outside your household this month, as the Leaving Cert exams get underway.

She says there are a small number of students who will miss this week’s exams as a result of being a confirmed case or close contact.