Statutory agencies in the Cork and Kerry region have thanked people for adhering to new temporary restrictions

They're urging people to continue the good work they’ve done when it comes to keeping a distance, wearing face coverings, catching coughs and sneezes and washing hands.

Statutory agencies in the Cork and Kerry region have thanked the people of both counties for adhering to new temporary restrictions which are now in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The regional steering group for emergency management meets regularly to discuss the regional response to the Covid-19 emergency. The group is made up of representatives from the HSE, An Garda Síochána, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and Kerry County Council.

Michael Fitzgerald, the Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said that the collective efforts of communities across Cork and Kerry over the last few months have been remarkable.

“Now, we need to ask you to pull together again in order to make sure that we contain the spread of Covid-19 that we’ve seen in the last few weeks. We need the public’s support in adhering to the guidelines particularly on self-isolating at home if you are referred for a test, are waiting for a test result or have a positive test result.”

Acting Director of Public Health for the Region, Dr Anne Sheehan, appealed to the public to isolate if they have any symptoms (even mild) of Covid-19, and to present for testing if they are asked to do so.

“It’s more important than ever that anyone with any symptoms of Covid-19 isolates at home and immediately phones their GP to arrange a test. Appointments for tests are now arranged very quickly, and the test itself is very fast,” she said.

All agencies appealed to everyone in Cork and Kerry to continue the good work they’ve done when it comes to keeping a distance, wearing face coverings, catching coughs and sneezes and washing hands.

In addition, they reminded the public of engaging with the testing and tracing system if needed.

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