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Over 5,000 PCR tests carried out in Wexford in first eleven days of 2022

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People queuing for PCR tests outside the pop-up Covid test centre at Ferns St. Aidan's GAA Club complex.

People queuing for PCR tests outside the pop-up Covid test centre at Ferns St. Aidan's GAA Club complex.

People queuing for PCR tests outside the pop-up Covid test centre at Ferns St. Aidan's GAA Club complex.

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THE HSE has acknowledged the strong take up of Covid-19 testing in County Wexford which saw 5,102 people tested in the first eleven days of 2022.

Up to Tuesday, January 11, a total of 130,503 people were tested in the the Model County since March 23, 2020.

According to the HSE figures a total of 99,086 people were tested in 2021 while a further 26,315 were tested throughout the previous year.

In Waterford, where some people from the New Ross district area get tested, 129,121 people were tested throughout the same period while Kilkenny say 103,555 receiving tests.

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A spokesperson for the HSE said the organisation had “vastly increased its testing capacity to respond to the spread of disease”.

"In September 2021, the HSE was providing 100,000 PCR tests per week but is now providing over 300,000 PCR tests per week and has increased capacity for 350,000 antigen tests per week," said the spokesperson.

He said the HSE thanked the public for their ongoing co-operation with Covid-19 testing centres.

A total of 526,020 have been processed for PCR tests by the HSE across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford since the pandemic began in March 2020.

In parallel to community testing, the HSE also undertakes testing in other locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, and meat processing plants.

The Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare (SECH) Kate Killeen White has paid tribute to the HSE’s testing staff at the Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Clonmel and Kilkenny testing centres, acknowledging  their “extraordinary commitment in the face of challenges presented in recent weeks due to dramatic increases in spread of the Omicron variant”.

She wished to assure the public that enormous work is under way to ensure those awaiting appointments receive one.

"As is the case throughout the country, all five testing centres in the south east remain very busy," she said.

Ms Kileen-White said online self-referrals, and those from GPs, remain open for appointments at the south east testing centres from 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

“We would like to thank the public for their adherence to public health guidelines and their patience of late in awaiting appointments,” she said.

"We would also like to thank GPs and their practice staff, as SECH’s partners in primary care provision throughout counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, for their ongoing co-operation as regards referrals," she added.

Ms Kileen-White acknowledged the support and assistance of the National Ambulance Service  (NAS) for provision of pop-up support facilities in Ferns and Carlow, in addition to the support testing centre in New Ross, provided by GoSafe48.

"We also appreciate the ongoing assistance of the defence forces at our facilities,” she said.


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