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Páirc Uí Chaoimh offered for testing

Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 3:04pm

The Cork County GAA Board has offered the HSE the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a drive-through coronavirus testing facility, the Cork Independent has learned.

A number of facilities have already opened in Cork in recent days in order to increase testing capacity in the city and county, and the HSE is currently considering the GAA’s offer.

Earlier this week the GAA confirmed that Dublin’s Croke Park will open as a drive-through testing centre following a request from the HSE. The new Dublin facility is expected to handle approximately 400 cars a day. Alan Milton, Director of Communications for the GAA, confirmed the possibility that other GAA-owned venues around the country could be used by the HSE to establish testing centres.

Yesterday Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson on the Cork County Board, told the Cork Independent that an offer has been made to the HSE to use Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a testing centre. If the venue does open as a testing facility, it is expected to follow the same guidelines as that of the facility in Croke Park and other centres in Cork.

The service would be appointment only, with all tests to be arranged via a GP’s referral. Walk-in applicants will not be accepted.

The testing will only be available to people with vehicles, who will remain seated for the duration of the test which will be performed through the car window.

A statement released by the HSE this week outlined its intentions to further expand on existing measures in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

The statement read: “Staff in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and the wider health service have been working closely with the National Ambulance Service to expand the number of locations in which to provide for testing in the community.

“To scale up the level of testing approximately 200 staff from across Community Healthcare Organisations have been trained to date on the procedures for testing in the community.”

The amount of deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland remains at two, with 69 new confirmed cases on Tuesday.

The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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