HSE Conducting Around 1,900 Tests Per Day In Midwest As Shannon Referral Centre Opens

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The HSE says it’s conducting around 1,900 COVID-19 tests per day in the Midwest region.

It comes as a new PCR testing facility is becoming operational at Shannon Airport this week.

HSE Mid West Community Healthcare say they’re experiencing high demand for COVID testing in recent weeks, in line with national trends.


However, in a statement to Clare FM, they say there is ‘no requirement’ for them to accommodate walk-in appointments or to open additional walk-in clinics at this point, with the matter being kept under continuous review.

An additional COVID testing facility at Shannon Airport, which is being governed by the National Ambulance Service, has come on stream this week.

The facility will commence with 300 tests per day increasing up to 1000 tests per day in the coming week.

The Shannon service won’t take walk ins or GP referrals, with those wishing to avail of a test there having to book online first.

HSE Mid West Community Healthcare say they’re operating a same day, next day policy whereby people can expect to book and attend a test within 24 hours.

Clare’s 14 day incidence rate of the virus is at 1186.7 per 100,000 people – while it’s among the highest it’s been since the onset of the pandemic, it’s roughly 6 percent below the current national average.