HSE in talks with hotels for additional beds to deal with coronavirus

The HSE has confirmed it’s in talks with hotels to identify additional beds to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

So far there are 70 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic, while one person has died.

The HSE wouldn’t be drawn on how many beds it’s hoping to secure in preparation for widespread community transmission.

But CEO Paul Reid has confirmed that they are in talks with hotels that could be used as isolation units.

The HSE has written to all staff have retired in the last four years asking if they would be willing to come back at this critical time.

Clinical Operations Officer Anne O’Conner says all staff who can be redeployed have been.

The HSE has also made an appeal to corporate employers to allow staff with children to work at home, so that if their spouses work in the health system, they can continue to go to work.

We all have a part to play in controlling the spread of coronavirus according to the Business Minister.

Heather Humphreys says the measures announced yesterday are about reducing the number of cases of the virus and reducing pressure on the health system.

Speaking to Northern Sound News, Minister Heather Humphreys encouraged people to wash their hands and maintain social distancing.

And she said people should continue to heed the advice of the HSE: