October 20, 2020
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‘We are now at a critical juncture’ – Waterford civic, Garda and health leaders make joint appeal to combat virus amid surge in Covid cases

A joint appeal has been made to members of the public by the Mayor of Waterford, the council CEO, the local Garda chief superintendent and the head of the South East Community Healthcare following the recent upurge in Covid-19 cases.

The statement by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Waterford Council chief executive Michael Walsh, Chief Superintendant Padraig Dunne and the Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare Kate Killeen White, says we are “now at a critical juncture for this disease”.

The added: “We have a window of opportunity to bring this disease under control and to keep Waterford at Level 2 restrictions. To do so, we all need to act now and break the chains of transmission, to ensure we live as optimally as we can with the virus, keep our schools open, resume non-covid healthcare and protect our vulnerable people.

“We are asking you and your family to take positive action immediately, and change your current behaviours. This means:
*Meeting less people inside your home;
*Limiting the number of people you meet outside your home as much as possible;
*Avoiding crowds;
*Prioritising the people you need to see, keeping groups small, and seeing them regularly, rather than meeting lots of different people from different households. Concentrate on your core circle in the coming weeks;
*With those you do meet, be particularly attentive to safe practices – keep your distance, wear a face covering where appropriate, cough into a tissue and bin it, wash your hands;
*We all know the core messages, and it’s time to double our efforts to stay safe.

“Remember this disease can spread even if you have no symptoms. Act as though you have the virus to protect your family, friends and colleagues and others you meet going about your day. Keeping that little bit of extra distance from others is really important as we try to work safely while living with the threat of this virus.”

The civic and health leaders urged anyone who has symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss or change to sense of taste, to “isolate yourself from others and phone your GP for advice”, adding: “Remember that a referral and test for COVID are free and you do not have to be registered with a GP.”

The statement concludes by saying: “Our individual actions do matter. They all count. They do work. The good news is that we know the most effective tools to keep this virus at bay. We just need to keep working with them.

“As a collective we are appealing to the people of Waterford to please maintain social distance and limit your number of close contacts in the coming days. Whether in our workplaces, our homes or social settings let us all be advocates of Covid good behaviour.

“It is in our hands!”

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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