Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 22nd February

February 22, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 4,137 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Sunday 21 February, the HPSC has been notified of 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 215,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 325 are men and 354 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 278 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth, 31 in Donegal and the remaining 259 cases are spread across all remaining counties

As of 8am today, 726 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 156 are in ICU. There have been 33 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Numbers of people vaccinated

As of last Friday (19 February), there have been 340,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 214,384 people have received their first dose
  • 126,320 people have received their second dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities. It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February.

In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated. For now, each of us has a range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal – by keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face masks and staying at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease. Our collective efforts move us closer to the continued re-opening of our schools and the resumption of non-COVID healthcare services.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. The dashboard also now includes information on total vaccines administered (1st dose).

If YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW are struggling and need help check out the local help/support available on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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