By Carmel Hayes
A PATIENT with confirmed Covid-19 is still receiving treatment at Portlaoise Hospital, having been diagnosed four days ago.
The patient tested positive for the coronavirus last Friday and is being cared for in an isolation ward. Fortunately, the person is not critically ill and has not required transfer to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
Portlaoise Hospital had no vacant beds in ICU last night, according to the latest HSE Daily Operations Update on Acute Hospitals. The HSE says there are contingency plans in all hospitals as part of the national ‘Covid-19 Surge Plan’, when a patient needs critical care at a time when ICU beds are full.
The latest HSE update released today shows that Portlaoise Hospital had one patient with confirmed Covid-19 at 8pm last night. The patient tested positive for the virus between 2pm and 8pm last Friday and has been receiving treatment since then.
The HSE report does not indicate whether the patient diagnosed with Covid-19 also has another illness or underlying condition that requires hospital care.
The report also shows that there were no suspected Covid-19 cases at Portlaoise Hospital last night, while there were three suspected cases on Sunday and two on Saturday. There were six vacant general care beds at the hospital yesterday.
The confirmed case at Portlaoise Hospital was among 64 confirmed Covid-19 cases in hospitals nationwide last night, according to the HSE daily update. Eleven of these patients were critically ill in ICUs, with six on ventilators. There was one Covid-19 related death in a hospital ICU in the previous 24 hours.