All admissions, discharges and transfers out have been stopped as a result.
An outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the ward of a midlands hospital.
A control team are carrying out testing and tracing of both staff and patients, after a number of positive tests were detected on a ward at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar.
Staff members who are considered close contacts are self-isolating.
The Hospital is reassuring staff and patients that the appropriate steps have been taken in accordance with the national guidelines.
The HSE has sent in the following statement:
Regional Hospital Mullingar can confirm an outbreak of Covid-19 on one ward at the Hospital notified on Friday 25th September and that a number of patients have tested positive for Covid-19. The ward is closed to new admissions, discharges and transfers out. Patients in the ward will continue with their care and treatments.
In accordance with HPSC guidelines, the Hospital Outbreak Control Team were convened and are undertaking testing and contact tracing of both staff and patients to ensure the protection of public health. Staff identified as close contacts are self-isolating.
The Hospital would like to reassure staff and patients that the appropriate steps have been taken in accordance with the national guidelines. Staff and patients have been provided with key Hospital contacts should any concerns need to be addressed.
The protection of public health is of utmost importance to the Hospital and every effort is being taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at this time. Please adhere to the newly announced Government restrictions, do not visit the hospital or any health care facility and if you have any symptoms, please contact your GP by phone.