On Wednesday, the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) were changing tact in regards to how it tests those individuals with symptoms of Covid-19. Previously, anyone showing one of the symptoms – a fever (above 38), a cough or breathing difficulties – were being put forward for testing.
Now, however, that has changed after Dr Holohan conceded that health officials were casting the net “too wide”. Patients who present to their GP will now have to display two major symptoms rather than one before they are tested. They will have to have a fever and at least one other sign of a respiratory problem.
It has also been confirmed that ongoing tests will now concentrate on different categories of patient – namely healthcare workers, those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case, vulnerable groups including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. As of Tuesday evening, just short of 18,000 tests can been carried out across Ireland. New test centres are opening on a daily basis nationwide.
A new drive-through testing centre in Dundalk opened in the town on Friday, one of 44 community test centres nationwide. But in today’s LouthNow.ie Poll, we want to know if you agree with the decision to narrow down the criteria for Covid-19 test from one symptom to two? Vote below.