Tuesday, January 12, 2021

A Mayo nursing home has sent a cry for help after a “major Covid outbreak” has left them understaffed, writes Marian Duggan.
With employees off sick, the home needs people to feed the elderly residents and hand out drinks.
The heartbreaking text message circulating this afternoon explains that the home is struggling and will take any help available.
“We are nine days into a major Covid outbreak and struggling.. so many staff sick”
The sender asks those who have had Covid and are no longer at risk to lend a helping hand “with breakfast, lunch and dinners”.
“This would involve feeding residents, giving out drinks etc,” reads the message.
Signing off, the sender suggests there “maybe some college young ones who may be able to help”.
The message from the nursing home came hours before news of 466 new cases of coronavirus in Mayo overnight.
Meanwhile, the management of Mayo University Hospital released a statement earlier today outlining the pressure that is currently ongoing with regards to bed availability in the hospital. As of 8pm on Monday evening, there were 91 patients in MUH with Covid-19.
The resulting pressure has led to a delay in some ambulances being released from the Emergency Department.

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