Louth GAA asking people to redouble efforts against Covid-19
A joint-appeal has been issued following a spike in cases in the county.
The HSE, Louth GAA and Louth County Council are appealing to residents in the county to redouble their efforts against Covid-19.
It follows a recent spike in cases in the county, many of which are linked to sporting events and social gatherings.
The latest HSE figures show the incidence of Covid-19 in the Ardee, Dundalk/Carlingford and Dundalk South electoral areas is over one and a half times the national average of 151 cases per 100 thousand of the population.
The HSE says indoor and outdoor social gatherings, sporting events, summer camps, family celebrations and house parties are leading to a rise in cases in the community.
Director of Public Health North East, Dr. Augustine Pereira says the high incidence rates in Louth reflect how serious the situation can become in a matter of days and weeks and this level of infection has not been seen since early February.
In a statement, Dr. Pereira said: “The majority of new cases in recent weeks have been in the unvaccinated age group. We are appealing to teenagers and those in their twenties and thirties in particular to reduce their social contacts and to avoid attending house parties.
“The 15-24 year age group accounted for almost 50% of cases in Louth last week. This is why we are urging everyone to be extra vigilant, act responsibly and adhere to public health guidelines.
“Thanks to vaccines, we are close to the end of the worst impact of the pandemic, therefore we ask if you are not yet vaccinated to please continue to manage your contacts, meet outdoors, avoid crowded settings and not to socialise indoors as you await your vaccine,” Dr. Pereira concluded.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of Louth GAA, Peter Fitzpatrick said: “Louth is once more experiencing a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. As a community the people of Louth must work together to ensure that this virus does not take hold and shut down society.
“We have been through so much over the past 15 months and now is the time to come together and work as a team to beat this latest spike in numbers. I would urge everybody to follow the public health advice and also I would urge everybody to apply and avail of the Covid-19 vaccine.”
The Chief Executive of Louth County Council is also encouraging people to follow all public health advice and stay safe.
Joan Martin said: “I want to particularly appeal to young people, we need you to keep up with adhering to public health advice. We know it’s hard, but it is helping to keep our communities safe.
“The people of Louth have shown on numerous occasions how a county with high incidence rates of Covid-19 can bring infection numbers to single-figure digits when communities band together by adhering to public health advice.
“Close collaboration between Public Health North East and Louth County Council will continue and be strengthened in the coming days and weeks to address the concerning trend in case numbers in Louth,” Ms. Martin added.