Limerick nursing home battling COVID outbreak after eight residents die in…

first_imgDesigned by FreepikA private nursing home in Co Limerick is managing a severe outbreak of COVID-19 after eight off its residents died over the past two weeks after all eight had tested positive for the virus after an outbreak was declared shortly before Christmas.Pat Kennedy, CEO Windmill Healthcare, which operates Killeline Care Centre, Newcastle West, said: “Unfortunately, and sadly, we must confirm that we have 8 COVID-19 related deaths. This has been very upsetting for everyone, especially their loved ones, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all their families and extended friends.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Management are “scheduling for a vaccine roll out on the 18th January, and this cannot come quick enough” but “it’s vital for it to be sooner if possible,” Mr Kennedy said.The outbreak, declared three weeks ago, escalated over the past fortnight, as management continued to actively manage the situation with support for the HSE.The nursing home has close to 100 staff members caring for a maximum 63 residents.Reliable sources said “the majority” of staff and 63 residents tested positive for the virus.Some staff remain in self isolation while others have isolated and returned to work.As of today there were 12 active COVID cases among residents, however the number of confirmed cases among staff was not disclosed.“Windmill Healthcare can confirm that we are managing a Covid outbreak in Killeline Care Centre, Newcastle West. As part of our fortnightly staff serial testing, we had been advised that a number of staff had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the Christmas period,” said Mr Kennedy.“We are fortunate that our senior management team at Windmill Healthcare are clinicians, with vast experience. Working alongside the management team at Killeline Care Centre, they immediately enacted our contingency plan and put all infection prevention and control measures in place.” “We have been liaising daily with the COVID-19 Outbreak Control Team within the HSE and local GP’s. Working together we are ensuring a collective approach and have been monitoring the situation daily to contain and control the outbreak to protect our residents and our staff.”Windmill operates six nursing homes and two retirement villages across Limerick, North Cork, Kerry, Galway and Offaly.“Being a part of a larger group means that we have extra resources behind us, and we have been fortunate to call on our complement of staff from across the country, as well as HSE and agency staff. The support we have received from the COVID-19 Outbreak Control Team, our local GP’s and our Staff has been a massive help throughout this enduring time,” Mr Kennedy said. Print He added, “with the incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick currently so high, particularly in West Limerick, it is a constant battle for all Nursing Homes to keep COVID-19 at bay, however, when it does penetrate, it shows how cruel it can be to our most vulnerable.”“The majority of our staff have now tested positive for COVID-19, as we are now 3 weeks into this outbreak, a high number of these staff are now recovered and back to work.”“The past three weeks has been an escalating scenario daily, but recent COVID-19 swabbing test result have indicated that the outbreak has now stabilized, and we expect that we will endure another difficult week before the cycle is complete.”Meanwhile, a HSE-run community hospital for the elderly, also located in Newcastle West, has managed to effectively wipeout an outbreak of covid-19 of an entire ward.The outbreak, at St Ita’s Community Hospital, was declared in the last week of November, when 25 patients on a 27-bed ward tested positive for the virus, informed sources said.There were no notified cases at the hospital this Monday, reliable sources confirmed.When asked for comment, a HSE Mid West Community Healthcare spokesman said it “does not comment on individual cases or individual activations, in the interests of confidentiality for individuals concerned”.“The HSE’s Department of Public Health responds to notified cases or outbreaks of Covid-19. The Department of Public Health undertakes a risk assessment of the situation, appropriate investigations are carried out and control measures put in place if required,” he added.Windmill spokeswoman’s response: “No other confirmed cases across any of our centres across the country.” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Twitter Previous articleWhat have they achieved? 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HR Answers: Getting ahead of the safety curve

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While the national conversation regarding violence in the workplace blames heightened awareness on media coverage, recent studies may provide statistical evidence supporting the perceived frequency. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 5 percent of all businesses experience an instance of workplace violence each year. For organizations with over 1,000 employees, this rate increases tenfold to 50 percent. A 2014 report from the FBI found active shooter incidents in the U.S. now occur on an average of once a month. Of these incidents, almost half occurred at a business while nearly a quarter occurred at pre-K to 12th grade schools and institutions of higher learning.Although active threats and the environments where they take place vary from incident to incident, the common threads can be woven together to create the fabric of an effective and successful safety program. The following are lessons gleaned from past experience that credit unions can use as tools for building a safety-minded workplace.Mindset to Clear the First HurdleMore often than not, active threat training is the elephant in the room. Everyone has heard of incidents but they are reluctant to take steps toward mitigation. Reasons may vary from believing it’ll make employees more fearful than empowered to worrying the training might not be “right” for the team. However, looking the other way is not the solution to any problem, much less a problem with harmful consequences.last_img read more

​IORP rapporteur rewrites own draft on cross-border pension funds

first_imgBrian Hayes has tabled amendments to his own report on the IORP Directive, seemingly in an attempt to remove the risk of scheme mergers or accrual changes triggering full-funding requirements.The Irish MEP, IORP rapporteur for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), in July proposed a number of changes to the legislation to lift the burden of full funding imposed on cross-border funds.In his initial report, the MEP suggested a scheme be required to meet technical funding provisions when it started operating “a new or an additional scheme”, raising concerns within the industry that changes to a fund’s accrual or contribution rates could be viewed as the launch of a new scheme.Hayes, a member of the European People’s Party, has now attempted to clarify his intention, amending the text to state that the merger of “two or more existing schemes or an addition of a new section to a scheme” should not be regarded as an additional scheme. His amendment, dated 5 October, is in stark contrast with one tabled by Bas Eickhout, a Dutch MEP and member of the Greens, who amended the European Commission’s draft Directive to state that assets fully cover liabilities “at all times and under suitably prudent assumptions of future returns on assets in order to protect the interests of members”.Sophia in ’t Veld, Dutch shadow IORP rapporteur and member of ECON, proposed removing much of the Commission’s involvement in cross-border regulation, instead proposing an exchange of best practice between national regulators to “stimulate” cross-boarder pensions.In a likely victory for the UK’s ShareAction and Eurosif, Anneliese Dodds, a UK member of the Socialists and Democrats, sought to reinsert a focus on environmental risk management, arguing that any risk assessment should look at “environmental, social and governance” matters.The Commission initially proposed such a focus, but it was removed by member states during negotiations in late 2014.Eurosif and ShareAction spoke with MEPs earlier this year, arguing that pension funds should be required to look at all three areas.Eickhout also tabled an amendment suggesting funds should not see stranded assets as part of a long-term strategy, and should have “effective mechanisms” for mitigating risks.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesProposed amendments to Brian Hayes report on IORP Directivelast_img read more

Clippers can’t catch Nets in loss

first_imgPreviousBrooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) and Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) go up for the opening tip of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, and Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green (4) and guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) dribbles against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder (19) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (left) is knocked down by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza (4) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) dunks next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) dunks next to Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball while defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 20Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert, left, battles for the ball with Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandThe Clippers’ priorities entering their final seeding games in the bubble are clear, Coach Doc Rivers said, first comes rhythm and rest, and then comes winning.The rhythm was chaotic to start Sunday, Kawhi Leonard didn’t get much rest throughout, and, in the end, Brooklyn won 129-120. The Nets fended off a shorthanded Clippers squad whose search for continuity continues in this latter chapter of an interrupted season.In what was the sixth of eight seeding games for both teams Sunday, the Nets (34-36) built a big buffer early, bolting to a 45-24 lead at the end of the opening period, the second-highest scoring first quarter in their franchise’s history.The Clippers (47-23) kept coming, though, shrinking a 21-point lead to 10 before heading into the half trailing, 74-63. After resting in Saturday’s substitute-fueled victory over Portland, Leonard played 37 minutes Sunday and finished with 39 points, six assists and four steals. He shot 14 of 25 (56.0%) from the field.“Kawhi was fresh,” Rivers said. “I mean, he felt great.”In his 1,000th career regular-season game, Lou Williams looked as spry as he has in any game in the bubble, coming off the bench for 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris Sr. continued his positive momentum from the two games prior with a 15-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting. And rookie guard Terance Mann scored a career-high 14 points in the loss.Ivica Zubac, the Clippers’ 23-year-old 7-footer, continued his bubble flexing: In 24 minutes, he scored eight points and pulled down a career-high-tying 15 rebounds — the fourth consecutive game he grabbed at 10 rebounds or more, also a career milestone.Despite those efforts, the Clippers took a step back.And with the playoffs scheduled to tip off July 17 and their second seed precariously in the balance, that’s not ideal, Rivers said.“Hopefully we won’t play up and down in the playoffs,” he said. “We definitely have been so far. We have one inspired game, then we don’t.“Give Brooklyn credit,” he added. “They attacked us. They were clearly the team that had the right approach at the beginning of the game. When you spot someone 20 points, it’s hard to come back from that.”In that bombastic opening half, the Nets’ and Joe Harris (23 points — a first-half career high) and Carris LeVert (21) combined to account for 44 points on 18 for 22 shooting. Brooklyn shot 67.4% (29 for 43) and 52.0% (13 for 25) from 3-point range.Fortunately for the Clippers — who were on the back end of a back-to-back pair of contests — their offensive engine was revved too. Led by Leonard — who finished the first half with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting — they shot 53.3% (24 for 45) in the first 24 minutes.The second half was a different story: Harris scored only two points after the break, and the Nets scored a more pedestrian 55 points and shot 42.9% (18 for 42). The Clippers posted 57 second-half points and shot 43.8% (21 for 48). Still, by eclipsing 120 points for the 31st time this season, they equaled a franchise best. And then a motivated Leonard cleaned up the whole mess.The two-time NBA Finals MVP single-handedly outscored the Nets 11-0 to start the third quarter and tied the game 74-74 in the process.“We definitely got to be in a better rhythm,” Leonard said after the game, via Zoom. “Guys have been in and out of the lineup, key guys. Still waiting on Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) to get back, you know what I mean?”Rivers said that though there was nothing he could report regarding Harrell’s plans to rejoin the team following the death of his grandmother, he offered, “We hope so. That’s all I can say.”Without Harrell, as well as star forward Paul George (rest) and Patrick Beverley (sore calf), Leonard kept the Clippers in it, though they only ever pulled even and not in front.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more