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Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

We must redouble our efforts to tackle COVID-19 – O’Dowd

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd wearing his mask.

Case numbers in Louth high and rising fast 

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, has called on communities in in Louth and East Meath to rally together by staying apart in order to combat the Covid-19 virus.

O’Dowd was speaking following comments from acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn that County Louth was one of three counties outside of the capital where case numbers are “already high and continuing to rise fast.”

O’Dowd said “The incidence level in Louth per 100k of the population is far too high. The 14 day incidence was 53 per 100,000 on Sunday 13th September and had climbed to 102 per 100,000 yesterday evening. We have had 131 cases in the last fortnight.

“Communities have already flattened the curve in County Louth and we can do it again by working together and following the most important public health advice. 

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“Dr Glynn has reminded us that we must avoid crowds. It is helpful to work on the basis that we, or those we meet could be infectious and behave accordingly. 

“Businesses have worked relentlessly to stay open during the pandemic and many are reopening this week following lengthy closures. 

“The last thing we need now is for level 3 restrictions to be imposed causing further unquantifiable economic consequences, but be in no doubt that this will be the outcome if we do not break the chain of transmission. 

“That is why I’m calling on everyone in Louth to redouble the efforts made to date. 

O’Dowd reminded people of the key public health guidelines: 

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Take a step back and keep your 2m distance
  • Limit your social contacts
  • Wear face coverings as directed
  • Follow good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Know the symptoms and isolateimmediately if you have them – contact your GP

O’Dowd concluded, “When we work as one we can overcome this pandemic.” 

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