Coade Welcomes Figures Release On Covid-19 Deaths.
Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade has welcomed the release of figures published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). The figures include a breakdown of deaths in Northern Ireland related to Covid 19. It shows that the number of Covid 19 deaths is 39 higher than previously reported. It also stated that of the 157 deaths , 41 were in a care home or hospice setting.
Speaking on the issue Ms Coade said: “It is very worrying that these figures were not published earlier however of the 157 Covid 19 deaths, 41 were in a care home or hospice. Locally this is an issue I have been dealing with for weeks as I have been in contact with worried care home workers who have indicated that they have had a lack of PPE or support from management.
“These figures show that we need to make care homes a priority. The residents of these homes are vulnerable and highly at risk of dying from Covid 19. We need to ensure that care home workers have the right PPE equipment and have our full support moving forward.
“We have known from other parts of the world that older people have been impacted most by this virus. Behind every life lost is a family devastated by the impact of covid-19. I extend my deepest sympathies to each of those families.
“With test centres now re opened following the Easter holidays, it is vital more testing of healthcare workers takes place. I have been humbled by their care and dedication to their clients during their period of absence whilst they quarantined.
“All healthcare workers I spoke to shared the same thoughts test us, so we can get back to looking after our residents’ I think this shows the level of compassion, dedication and sense of duty felt by those working in this sector. They don’t want to be out of work.”
Jackie expressed her admiration and gratitude for all our key workers who are keeping us safe at the moment.