Covid-19: 13 die at Lusk nursing home as State deals with 160 outbreaks
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Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 01:00
Eleven deaths recorded at the HSE-run Lusk Community Nursing Unit, Co Dublin, were among residents with confirmed Covid-19. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
There have been 13 deaths recorded during a Covid-19 outbreak at a north Co Dublin nursing home with a “significant number” of residents and staff infected, the HSE has said.
Eleven of the deaths at the HSE-run Lusk Community Nursing Unit were among residents with confirmed Covid-19.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for residents, their families and everyone working in Lusk Community Nursing Unit,” said a spokeswoman for the local HSE community healthcare organisation.
The HSE would not say how many people were infected.
The outbreak hit the nursing home before the first round of Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were administered there.
The HSE said that almost half of the residents at the 50-bed facility were vaccinated.
“The remainder of the residents did not receive their vaccinations for a variety of reasons, including having a Covid-19 positive result, awaiting Covid-19 test results, being medically unfit or unsuitable to receive a vaccine or not consenting to receive the vaccine,” said the spokeswoman.
Covid-infected residents and staff at nursing homes are not permitted to receive the vaccine and must wait four weeks from their positive test result or the onset of symptoms to pass.