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Nervousness following Covid-19 diagnoses

THERE is nervousness around Clare as last night it emerged that four cases of the Covid-19 virus have been detected in the county.

Three schools have been closed as a result, along with a day care centre, all in the North Clare area.

It is understood that the four cases are all in one family and their diagnosis came following a recent trip to Italy.

It has been reported that one of the four worked a shift in the emergency department of a hospital since returning to Ireland.

This morning, students at the University of Limerick were advised that if they had been in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Limerick on Wednesday, February 26 in Zone A between 10am and 2pm, they should self-isolate for a week. It is understood that four of them were in the specified area at the time.

In a statement to The Clare Champion, University of Limerick said it has fully adopted health advice from the HSE for the education sector nationally in relation to the COVID – 19 Coronavirus health emergency.

“Members of the UL community have been actively encouraged to exercise caution in terms of their own health and the health of the entire community. Staff, students and visitors have been advised to strongly consider self-isolation off campus for up to two weeks should they have any concern that they have been exposed to the virus,” the statement read.

Covid-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person’s body fluids (for example, droplets from coughing or sneezing). It is also spread by touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on, which is one of the reasons why it is very important that people wash their hands regularly, practise respiratory etiquette and try to avoid touching their face.

Any person concerned that they may have symptoms of the virus should immediately isolate themselves from others and contact their GP by phone.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.