Covid-19 patient numbers at Mayo University Hospital continue to increase.
As of 8am this morning, there were 82 positive cases at the Castlebar hospital.
The number of positive cases increased by 17 and MUH had the eighth highest number of Covid-19 patients in the country. Galway University Hospitals had 102 positive cases and there were 36 at Sligo University Hospital.
MUH had seven suspected Covid-19 cases, with one of these patients being treated in ICU. The hospital has three vacant critical care beds (up by one) and three vacant general beds (down by five).
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has warned that the HSE is facing its ‘darkest month’ as the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 across the country rose to 1,575.
The health service is struggling to contain an exponential increase in new cases which has seen Ireland record the highest rates globally of cases per million over the last seven days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Some 3,500 HSE staff are unavailable for work as a result of the pandemic, along with 1,000 nursing home staff. These employees either have Covid-19 or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
The HSE previously told the Western People last Tuesday that there were 47 cases of Covid-19 among its 1300-strong staff at Mayo University Hospital. It is understood there are significant levels of staff absenteeism in other health facilities around the county.