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# testing - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

HSE suspends practice of notifying some employers of Covid test results before informing employees

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was aware of one case where test results were shared with an employer.

Dr Tony Holohan: 'We have effectively extinguished the virus from the community'

Community transmission is ‘very, very low’ says the chief medical officer.

# testing - Monday 18 May, 2020

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FAI medical director hopes to see players tested before return to training

Dr Alan Byrne is keen on gathering data so football can discover where its ‘acceptable risk’ lies.

Covid-19: Close contacts will be tested twice - on day 1 and day 7 - whether or not they have symptoms

The move has been welcomed as Ireland starts to slowly ease restrictions.

# testing - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Automated text message system for negative Covid-19 results should be in place by end of week

Dr Cillian de Gascun has said work on automation and computer systems should help reduce turnaround times.

HSE bosses confident of three-day turnaround on testing in 90% of positive cases by Monday

HSE CEO Paul Reid was speaking at a briefing on Covid-19 testing and contact tracing at UCD this morning.

# testing - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Coronavirus: 10 deaths and 159 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Health officials have given an update this evening on the outbreak in Ireland.

Taoiseach hopes it will be possible for grandparents to visit and hug their grandchildren over the summer

Leo Varadkar said a limited easing of restrictions could begin on Monday.

# testing - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Wuhan plans to test entire population of 11 million following new Covid-19 cluster

Wuhan reported the first cluster of new infections since the city re-opened after a 76-day lockdown on 8 April.

'Don't ask me. Ask China': Trump abruptly ends press conference after reporters challenge him on testing

Donald Trump also responded to a question about what his “Obamagate” tweets were referring to.

# testing - Monday 11 May, 2020

Without contact tracing, countries are 'driving blind' warns WHO official

WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan made the comments today.

Concern that delays in testing process could impact on lifting of restrictions

Mary Favier of the ICGP pointed out that the later results are confirmed the less valuable they are in terms of stopping the disease.

# testing - Sunday 10 May, 2020

PPE will cost €1 billion this year, and number of Covid-19 patients in ICU has halved from peak Coronavirus This post contains videos

PPE will cost €1 billion this year, and number of Covid-19 patients in ICU has halved from peak

Some 120 million masks will arrive in Ireland from South Korea in the coming weeks.

# testing - Friday 8 May, 2020

HSE confirms 1,600 people tested in Direct Provision for Covid-19 amid calls for clearer strategy

164 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Direct Provision centres.

# testing - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

GPs say broader Covid-19 testing criteria shouldn't 'overwhelm' system

The testing criteria for Covid-19 has been widened.

# testing - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

HSE team to review delays with Covid-19 results but 'majority back within four days'

The case definition for testing is expected to be broadened this week.

# testing - Monday 4 May, 2020

Funding for Queen's University Belfast to develop rapid test for Covid-19

The trial is aimed at finding a quick, accurate test for coronavirus.

# testing - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen below 100

The number of people in ICU is a figure Harris said will watched very carefully over the coming weeks.

'It's distressing for families': Call for repeat Covid-19 testing in nursing homes

Over 200 clusters of the virus have been reported in nursing homes to date.

# testing - Friday 1 May, 2020

The Explainer: Where are we at with testing for Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

That’s what we speak to Cillian de Gascun about in this week’s podcast.

'Ireland hasn't got the basics right yet': How is Covid-19 testing going for GPs?

“If we don’t have it for [this] level, we don’t have it for a surge,” one GP said.

# testing - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?

The Government has said that testing is key to gradually return to normal.

Taoiseach says ICU numbers still too high for restrictions to be lifted

A plan on how the country will be reopened will be published in the coming days.

# testing - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Increase expected in numbers being tested for coronavirus after slight change in criteria

Officials said they hope to broaden the criteria further after next weekend.

# testing - Monday 27 April, 2020

The 2km rule is the first restriction people want lifted, according to new survey

The government has said it is hoping to ease some of the restrictions on 5 May.

# testing - Sunday 26 April, 2020

Increased testing must not lead to 'unacceptable' waiting times, warn GPs

The Irish College of General Practioners broadly welcomed plans to increase testing.

Coronavirus: 26 deaths and 701 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The figures were released from the Department of Health this evening.

HSE confident it will be able to carry out 100,000 Covid-19 tests per week by mid-May

A roadmap devised by the HSE and the Department of Health is to go before members of the Cabinet this week.

# testing - Friday 24 April, 2020

Predictable, not inevitable? How Covid-19 spread through Irish nursing homes

Questions remain about how the coronavirus spread so easily through nursing homes.

# testing - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Over 9,000 people have recovered from Covid-19, according to new figures

The figures are based on an analysis of the confirmed cases as of Saturday.

# testing - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

Coronavirus: 44 deaths and 388 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Health officials are providing an update this evening after the latest NPHET meeting.

# testing - Monday 20 April, 2020

Further coronavirus waves likely without 'new approach' after this cycle

Researchers have suggested the current cycle in Ireland should end by the middle of June, but immunity in the community may be low.

# testing - Saturday 18 April, 2020

‘No evidence’ Covid-19 survivors have immunity as number of cases tops 2.2 million worldwide

Governments have invested heavily in antibody tests but the WHO says there is no proof those who have been infected cannot be infected again.

# testing - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Incorrect test results and nursing home response on the agenda as public health team meets

The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet later today.

# testing - Monday 13 April, 2020

Harris: 'There's no magic point at the start of May where life as we know it before coronavirus can resume'

Factors such as ICU capacity and the reproduction rate of the virus will determine how and when restrictions can be eased back.

# testing - Thursday 9 April, 2020

Martin says country 'not where it would like to be' in terms of testing volume and turnaround times

Speaking this evening at Leinster House, Martin said ‘there’s still a significant degree of work to be done’.

# testing - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Covid-19: Ireland is still way short of its testing targets, but where do we rank globally?

Ireland has now completed 42,484 tests for Covid-19.

# testing - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Over 30,000 tests for Covid-19 carried out in Ireland as health officials urge people waiting for result to self-isolate

Dr Cillian De Gascun said that constraints relating to testing has meant delayed results for some people.

# testing - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Explainer: How testing for Covid-19 works now and why you still need to isolate when sick - even if not tested

Around 20,000 people a day have been seeking a test – now the scope has been narrowed down to focus on priority groups.

# testing - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Patients seeking coronavirus test must now have at least two symptoms

The new measures were announced by Dr Tony Holohan last night.

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