VIRU-SMS HSE set up text alert to help speed up informing public of positive Covid-19 results
MEMBERS of the public who have tested positive for Covid-19 are to get an immediate text message alert telling them their result.
he fresh move to help curb the virus comes as public health departments face increasing pressure as the virus continues to surge.
“People who test positive for Covid-19 will now receive a text message to their phone informing them of their test result,” the HSE said.
“The text tells them that they will be contacted by the HSE’s contact tracing team by phone for a detailed follow up, and that in the meantime, they should self-isolate.
“People in their household should restrict their movements until the contact tracing team gets in touch with them.
“In addition, the HSE will also phase in new text messages to people who are identified as close contacts of a person diagnosed with Covid-19.”
The HSE also plan to start sending a text message to parents or guardians of children who have been identified as close contacts in childcare facilities and schools.
The text will inform them that their child has been referred for a test as they are considered to be a close contact.
“If the child is feeling well, other people in their household do not need to restrict their movements. However, if they become unwell, they must self-isolate and phone a doctor. Other people in the household should then restrict their movements,” said the HSE.
It comes as three additional deaths related to Covid-19 and 811 new cases were notified yesterday.
“We have widespread community transmission in the country,” Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned.
“The spread of Covid-19 is a whole population issue, which is why we’re appealing to every single individual, every single family, household, organisation, workplace, to act on public health advice.
“You are the frontline defence against this disease.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, his deputy, added: “If we see community transmission patterns continuing to grow, we’re going to see more vulnerable groups being infected and the result of that, unfortunately will be further hospitalisations and deaths.
“Limiting your contacts, avoiding crowds and following basic public health measures will ultimately save lives.”
The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) is to meet tomorrow to review the national picture.
The situation in several counties is continuing to deteriorate and the 14-day incidence rate is on the rise in several counties.