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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Factory collapse closes Foyle Road from lower deck of Craigavon bridge in Derry

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Factory collapse closes Foyle Road from lower deck of Craigavon bridge in Derry Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleWoman thought she was “going to die” during rape in Donegal houseNext articleMinister gives no guarantees on future of Lifford Community Hospital News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – January 13, 2012 Google+ Twittercenter_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH There are major traffic delays around Foyle Road and John Street in Derry, where a cordon went up last night around the old Hamilton Shirt Factory, which is now in a dangerous state because of a collapsed wall. It’s feared the building is in imminent danger of collapse, and a demolition order has been issued.Derry City Council has closed Foyle Road from the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge to the John Street Roundabout to through traffic, diversions are in place around the lower deck of Craigavon Bridge and drivers are urged to comply with traffic signage.Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey says the demolition order is being served on the owner of the building, and he’s urging the owner to comply as quickl;y as possible………[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

New book claims FBI knows Jimmy Hoffa’s killer, but is keeping it secret

first_imgkrblokhin/iStock(NEW YORK) — A new book penned by Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor and the former U.S. assistant attorney general, claims the FBI knows who killed legendary labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, but it won’t admit that it blamed the wrong man.In his new book, In Hoffa’s Shadow, Goldsmith lays out his case for why he believes federal investigators allowed Chuckie O’Brien, the labor boss’ protege, to be known as the key suspect in Hoffa’s mysterious disappearance in 1975, despite evidence proving otherwise.Hoffa served as the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union until 1971, making him a hero to many blue-collar Americans. He also had powerful enemies and ties to organized crime.Goldsmith is also O’Brien’s stepson.The conventional wisdom was that O’Brien picked up Hoffa from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Michigan on July 30, 1975, and drove him to his death, Goldsmith told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in an interview Monday, a day before the book’s release.“There were good reasons for the FBI to suspect [O’Brien]. He had recently had a break with Hoffa, he was in the vicinity of the Machus Red Fox the morning of the disappearance, and the afternoon of the disappearance,” Goldsmith told WXYZ.“The last known time, when Hoffa was thought to be alive, did not leave enough time given the other things we know about Chuckie’s whereabouts,” he added, citing unnamed agents who worked on the case.Goldsmith said federal agents assigned to the case know who the real killer is, but won’t reveal the person’s name due to embarrassment over accusing the wrong man.“They just didn’t want to take the political heat, admitting they had basically accused the wrong person — or let linger the accusations against Chuckie for 40 years,” Goldsmith said.The author did hint at who he has been told the real killer is, saying, “That person I learned was a low-level member of the Detroit family in the 1970s who rose to prominence and is no longer alive. Beyond that I’m not going to say anything else.”Periodic searches for Hoffa’s body have always turned up empty, including one in a Detroit lumberyard in 2009; a Roseville, Michigan, driveway in 2012; and a farm in Oakland Township, Michigan, in 2013.A new film about Hoffa’s death and disappearance, The Irishman, written and directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Al Pacino as the labor leader, premieres at the New York Film Festival this week and will be released on Netflix in November. Robert De Niro stars as Frank Sheeran, the titular character, who reflects on his role in Hoffa’s murder. The real Sheeran died in 2003.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Holiday plants

first_imgBy Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaAs the winter holidays near, the first flower that comes to mind is probably the poinsettia. Against a backdrop of evergreens, its bold, red foliage creates a dramatic, living decoration.Available in many colors now, poinsettias’ popularity is well-deserved. But other deserving flowering plants will nicely complement your holiday decorations, too.All of these plants will add living color to your holiday decoration and help you enjoy the yule-flower spirit throughout the season:Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera — Zygocactus — species) is an old-time favorite that gets its name from its dependable holiday flowering.A succulent perennial from the tropics, Christmas cactus is an epiphyte, which means it lives on other plants. Unlike a parasitic plant, which gets nutrients from its host, epiphytes use their host simply as substrate, a place to live. And unlike many cacti, this one has no spines.Christmas cactus is one of the most widely cultivated and enjoyed groups of cacti in the world. They have been extensively hybridized to produce many colors of flowers, including magenta, white, pink, salmon and orange. Keep plants in bright light and on the dry side.Christmas peppers (Capsicum annuum) are cultivars of our garden peppers that have been selected for fruit color and form. The fruits, which are often quite hot to the taste, can be globe- or cone-shaped and range from yellow, orange and red to green and purple.Buy plants with good fruit color, as good color won’t develop in the low light of home environments. Since this is a true annual, discard the plants when the fruit fades.African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) are rosette-forming perennials with oval, medium to dark green leaves that are covered with hairs. The leaves may be ruffled, scalloped, quilted or even variegated. The flowers are produced year-round in blue, lavender, pink, red, white and bi-colors. Miniature varieties also are available.African violets grow best with bright (but not direct) light, constant conditions and high humidity.Gloxinias (Sinningia speciosa), close relatives of African violets, are tuber-forming perennials with rosettes of oval to oblong, scalloped, dark green leaves that are covered with velvety hairs.They produce single or clustered, trumpet-shaped red, violet-blue, pink, white or bi-colored flowers. A 6-inch gloxinia will have a dozen or more buds and will continue to flower for three to four weeks, if properly cared for.Treat gloxinias as African violets: Avoid high-intensity, direct sunlight. Water them from the saucer with warm water (at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Keep them on the moist side but not waterlogged. And avoid cold or hot drafts.Reiger begonias (Begonia hiemalis) look very similar to the garden tuberous and “Nonstop” begonias. The leaves are somewhat glossy and can break easy. Both single and double flowers may be found on the same plant.Riegers are relatively tolerant of sun exposure and temperature and prefer a slightly moist medium. A high-quality plant will be at least half-covered by flowers.Kalanchoe (genus Kalanchoe) is perhaps the most durable of the red-flowering potted plants you can find in the holiday season. It has a fleshy stem and toothed or scalloped, fleshy leaves.Kalanchoe will be happy when warm and dry. However, drought stress will shorten the flower life.Blushing bromeliad (Neoregelia carolinae) is an epiphytic bromeliad with an open rosette of strap-shaped, toothed, mid-green or variegated leaves. The inner leaves are purplish to red, and the flowers are violet or lavender.Bromeliads like bright light and warmth. Be careful to not overwater the soil, but keep the central vase formed by the leaves filled with rainwater or distilled water. Feed them by spraying the leaves with a dilute fertilizer solution.last_img read more