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Gardaí appeal to anyone who was at gathering to go get Covid test 'urgently'

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Wexford General Hospital made the decision to curtail non-urgent surgeries for a short period

Wexford General Hospital made the decision to curtail non-urgent surgeries for a short period

Wexford General Hospital made the decision to curtail non-urgent surgeries for a short period

Gardai are investigating alleged Covid breaches that occurred at a funeral in Co. Wexford, it has emerged. The HSE has also appealed to all persons present at the funeral in early December to contact their local GP "in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19".

The appeals were issued following a spike in cases in Co. Wexford with mourners urged to get tested for Covid-19 as a matter of urgency. There are now fears that the funeral could become a 'superspreader' event

In the following days, at another funeral held in the county, some of the same attendees arrived, prompting fears that further contamination occurred there.

Yesterday morning, local gardaí issued an unusual appeal for anyone who was in contact with those who attended the funeral to get tested urgently.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí in New Ross are investigating alleged breaches that occurred at a funeral in Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford on December 4, 2020.

"The HSE have appealed to all persons present at the funeral to contact their local General Medical Practitioner in order to reduce the spread of Covid 19. An Garda Síochána continue to support the HSE and other state holders."

It is understood that surgeries in Wexford General Hospital were cancelled.

A HSE spokesperson confirmed that Wexford General Hospital had made the decision to curtail non-urgent surgeries for a short period of time.

"There is usually a routine curtailment over Christmas and the new year to allow the hospital to support unscheduled care and ICU during this period," the spokesperson said.

"The hospital does anticipate an increase this January in the demand for unscheduled care and ICU and we are prioritising all resources to manage this projected increase to optimise patient safety."

It was also rumoured that all local pubs will have to shut, while masses in the parish will be conducted online as a result of the recent spread of coronavirus infection.

According to the Wexford People Facebook page, Wexford has experienced "another major increase of 59 cases of Covid-19".

"The incidence rate is now at 127.6, which makes us the 10th highest in Ireland," it was stated.

"As of 8pm last night there were five people hospitalised with Covid-19 at #Wexford General.

"One person also remained in critical care; 12 general beds were vacant, with two critical care beds free," the post adds.

There have been urgent appeals for anyone who may have been in contact with people who attended the funeral to get tested. "This is a serious situation," one local source said.

"There is a lot of fear of the effects this will have on the community.

On Facebook yesterday people vented their frustration as events unfolded.

"No point everyone carrying on with the blame-game it'll do no one any good," one person wrote.

"All we can do is protect ourselves and in turn we protect others."

One local councillor, Fianna Fáil's Michael Sheehan in New Ross, called for unity.

"I would call for everyone to come together at this time and act as a community," Cllr Sheehan said.

"We all need to pull together to get through this and if anybody has been inadvertently exposed they need to go and get tested immediately."

He added: "I would also call on all local public representatives to show leadership and get tested themselves if they think they have also been exposed."

Separately, the four-star Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, has said that all staff members are also being tested as a precaution after two employees tested positive for Covid-19.

They have also taken the decision to close the hotel temporarily.

A spokesperson for the Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club hotel posted on Facebook: "The health and safety of employees and guests is the number one priority for our hotel.

"Since reopening, we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe environment in line with the all Government public health guidance, including from both the Department of Health and the HSE.

"Regrettably, we can confirm that two of our employees recently tested positive for Covid-19."

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