Six residents die as large COVID-19 outbreak ‘devastates’ nursing home

Grant Boone
January 15, 2021

Mr Brennan said that two further deaths since yesterday are devastating for everyone associated with the nursing home, particularly families, staff and other residents.

A total of eight residents have died at the Stradbally nursing home since Monday 4 January, following a sudden outbreak just before New Year's Eve. For the staff who work tirelessly and develop close relationships with residents who they have grown to love.

The large COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Mr Brennan wanted to reassure people that his staff that we are working around the clock to ensure that all residents are protected and that "we have the minimum fallout from this event".

'To the whole community of Stradbally, it has been a devastating blow.

'People who are not positive are being isolated into separate groups and they are being cared for by seperate staff who do not cross over either of a medical nature or a household nature'.

Six residents at Droimnin Nursing Home in Laois have died from COVID-19 in the last week. Pic Shutterstock
Six residents at Droimnin Nursing Home in Laois have died from COVID-19 in the last week. Pic Shutterstock

"We continue to work relentlessly to ensure all residents receive the highest standard of care and would like to thank Residents families, the HSE and Public Health for their support at this time".

Staff members are now living on the grounds of the Laois nursing home to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. "There's no room for complacency at all", Mr Daly told Morning Ireland.

Some 49 residents have tested positive for the virus in the 101 bed facility.

The chief executive said: "I am so disappointed that, having kept Covid out of this nursing home for nine months, that within 19 days of the vaccine due to be delivered here we had a significant outbreak".

"On behalf of Council, I am pleased to report that the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be arriving next week and is designated for our Nursing Home residents and staff". Residents of facilities in Offaly are also being vaccinated this week. The CEO confirmed that there had been no COVID-19 cases linked to any of Brookhaven's five nursing homes.

The COVID-19 vaccine aims to prevent illness and limit transmissions of the virus.

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