Naas General Hospital / FILE PHOTO
A worker at Naas General Hospital has tested positive for Covid-19, it has emerged.
The outbreak is believed to be traced to a ward and is possibly linked to a member of the hospital’s cleaning staff, who contracted the virus in recent days.
The hospital is tracing all staff who had exposure to patients in the ward and arrange for them to be tested.
Co Kildare is currently under a localised lockdown - along with Laois and Offaly - due to virus clusters in meat processing plants.
There were eight suspected Covid-19 cases in Naas Hospital up to yesterday evening, according to the Daily Operations Update.
The HSE said that all protocols and national guidelines are being followed by Naas General Hospital but said it wouldn't comment on outbreaks to protect privacy and confidentiality of patients.
A HSE statement later released on the outbreak said:
"Naas General Hospital can confirm an outbreak of Covid-19 on one ward at the Hospital notified on Monday 10th August. The ward is closed to new admissions and the patients continue with their care and treatments. From the latest, HSE daily operations report (10th August 2020) there is no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Naas General Hospital and 8 suspected cases.
"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. This evening, the swab results for patients have returned as negative. 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. Visit www.hse.ie."