Laois nursing home reports six deaths in one week

Tuesday, January 12

Six deaths within a week in a Covid outbreak at a Laois nursing home have devastated families, residents, staff and the wider community.

The Laois Nationalist reported that two more residents sadly passed away at Droimnín Nursing Home in Stradbally at the weekend, bringing to six the number of lives lost since last Monday. All those who died had tested positive for the virus.

Nursing home chief executive Gearóid Brennan sadly confirmed the latest deaths.

He said: “What is hard to convey in all this is how close the staff and residents are. They are like family and it is so traumatic when a resident passes away. As well as working so hard during this virus outbreak, the staff have the heartbreak of seeing the residents they cared fordying in such difficult circumstances.”

Mr Brennan, chief executive of Brookhaven Healthcare group that runs Droimnín and four other residential centres, said there were no transfers to hospital and all deaths occurred in the Stradbally nursing home.

Residents at Droimnín were due to get the Covid-19 vaccine on 19 January as part of the rollout to nursing homes across Laois, but that cannot go ahead now until 28 days after all coronavirus tests at the home prove negative.