Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Peter Fitzpatrick (Louth, Independent)
What percentage of residents in nursing homes and residential homes suspected of contracting Covid-19 between February and May 2020 were admitted to hospital for treatment? I know the percentage of residents from such homes admitted to hospital during a typical flu season is quite low. We all know that Covid-19 poses a much more serious health risk than a flu and I would have thought the percentage of residents being admitted to hospital should be considerably higher. There are many distraught families who have lost loved ones in nursing homes and residential settings who are looking for answers. I would like an answer on the exact percentage of residents admitted to hospital for treatment of suspected Covid-19 or after testing positive between February and May 2020. Will the Minister indicate this percentage? If he needs time I ask him to give a commitment to place the precise figures on the public record as soon as possible.