Thursday, January 14, 2021

Droimnín nursing home in Stradbally

By Carmel Hayes

TWO more residents have died at a Laois nursing home battling a Covid-19 outbreak, bringing the tragic death toll to ten.

The latest sad deaths at Droimnín Nursing Home in Stradbally were confirmed this morning by Gearóid Brennan, chief executive of Brookhaven Healthcare that runs the home.

One resident passed away yesterday morning, while another death occurred last night.

Expressing his deepest sympathy to the families, Mr Brennan said the deaths are heartbreaking for everyone associated with the nursing home.

Ten residents have died at the Stradbally nursing home since Monday 4 January, following a sudden Covid outbreak on New Year’s Eve.

As of this morning, 50 residents have tested positive for the virus but the majority are asymptomatic. Six have tested negative. There were 65 residents when the outbreak began on New Year’s Eve.

A total of 35 staff have tested positive. It is hoped that some can start returning to work in coming days, when their isolation period ends.

The home has 75 staff and 40 have tested negative for the virus.

Mr Brennan said that residents at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, a sister home of Droimnín, will receive the vaccine this Sunday 17 January. He hopes to clarify today when residents at Droimnín will be able to receive the vaccine.


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