HSE postpone Covid-19 testing at meat processing plants

The HSE have confirmed that Covid-19 testing at meat processing plants has been postponed in a move that has been described as “reckless” by Sinn Féin.

The Director of Public Health Mid-West ‘Dr Mai Mannix’ stated that this decision has been made “because of the increased capacity needed at the moment to deal with people with symptoms”.

She added that this decision was taken on a national level.

The decision has been described as “reckless, inexplicable, and poses a danger in the extreme to our communities” by Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy, who stated that immediate answers from the Government were needed.

According to the HSE, the testing of all staff at meat and food processing plants is being rescheduled for next week.

This decision made by the health executive was a “precautionary measure” to allow the health service focus its resources on meeting the “significant rise in demand for testing among people with coronavirus symptoms in the community”.