October 20, 2020
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‘Help us help you’ – Waterford nurses’ powerful message as they prepare for surge in Covid-19 cases

Brave Waterford-based nurses have sent a powerful message to the people of the city and county as they brace themselves for the expected surge in coronavirus cases over the coming days and weeks.

Last night it was confirmed that a third person has died from Covid-19 as the number of confirmed cases rose by 191, bringing the total to 557 in the Republic.

Many more are expected to follow, with up to 15,000 expected cases by the end of this month.

Our dedicated medical staff on the frontline of the greatest public health emergency in the history of the State are determined to save as many lives as possible – but they need our help in the battle that lies ahead.

Every effort is being made to bolster our embattled health services to cope with the unprecedented public health threat.

But, as the message from our nurses at University Hospital Waterford illustrates, the greatest weapon we have at our disposal to fight Covid-19 lies in the ability and willingness of every member of the community to follow the best advice of the health authorities, to “come together by staying apart” and maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to save our public health system from collapse.

As local nurse Emma Kate O’Dwyer put it: “Help us help you! As nurses we are not asking you for a thank you, we want everyone to come together by staying apart to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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