St James’s Hospital has reported zero Covid-19 cases for the first time since March 2020. Being one of the largest hospitals in the country, it regularly had the highest number of patients which was in excess of 100 people on a number of days.
The hospital had also been treating people with the virus every day for over a year until today. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly described the news as really great while Chief Operating Officer at the HSE Anne O’Connor described the impact of not having Covid cases in hospitals as huge.
O’Connor added that a large number of staff were just working on Covid wards which put the hospital under significant pressure. Describing the news as a relief, Consultant Respiratory Physician Dr. Brian Kent stated that it’s hopefully a sign that things are going in the right direction.
He added, “We’re seeing that there’s very substantial amounts of the virus circulating in the community. But from the situation in January where we’d close to 200 inpatients in the hospital and many of those in intensive care, we’ve gone from having a handful to none at all.”
Dr. Kent stated that one of the major factors that has been contributing to the reduction in hospital cases is the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine which has prevented vulnerable people from getting seriously ill.