Visitor restrictions are now in place at both Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and Louth County Hospital in Dundalk.
Hospital management held a meeting this morning where a decision was made to restrict the number of visitors per patient to one, while no children are permitted to visit the hospital until further notice.
The restrictions are now in place and both hospitals are awaiting the printing of signage to be erected in both hospitals advising visitors of the new restrictions. Staff are currently being informed of the new measures.
In a statement released today, a spokesperson for the management at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, said, ‘Visitor restrictions are now in place at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Louth County Hospital to reduce the potential risk to our patients, staff and visitors in relation to Covid-19 virus.
‘Strictly one visitor per patient allowed and no children are permitted to visit. We appreciate your co-operation in relation to these measures. ‘
The restrictions comes after similar measures were taken by hospitals in the Ireland East Hospital group and after Monday’s announcement that all St Patricks Day parades nationwide would be cancelled. Last week, nursing homes across the country – including nine in Louth – announced similar visitor restrictions related to stopping the spread of coronavirus and protecting vulnerable people from the risk of contracting the virus.
There have bee 24 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland so far and on Tuesday afternoon, Ryanair confirmed they were suspending all flights to Italy until April. Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava on March 26 will now be played behind closed doors.