The HSE is to establish a temporary walk-in Covid-19 test centre in one Mayo town next week in response to a recent spike in cases locally.
Mayo FF Dail Deputy Dara Calleary confirmed to the Western People that the centre will be operating in the Ballina Stephenites GAA Club on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 5, 6 and 7 next.
The testing, which forms part of the ongoing national response to the pandemic, will enable the HSE to get a detailed picture on positive rates and other data relating to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the Ballina area and to implement the appropriate measures.
The latest 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of population in the Ballina area is 227 which exceeds the current national rate of 122.5.
The rate for Castlebar was 47. Swinford’s was 81. In Claremorris it was 33 while Westport and Belmullet registered a 14-day incidence rate of 0 with fewer than five positive cases reported in each location in the last two weeks.
Deputy Calleary said he welcomed the establishment of the walk-in test centre but will be continuing to push for the opening of vaccination centres in Ballina and Erris too as the vaccine roll out momentum continues.
He has raised the matter with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly in the Dail and with HSE management this week.