Mass testing taking place at University of Limerick to contain outbreak

Tuesday, February 23
Michael Keogh

The University of Limerick is to facilitate on-campus mass testing to help manage the current outbreak among the student population od Covid-19.

The testing will be carried out by HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare and the National Ambulance Service in partnership with the Department of Public Health Mid-West.

Dr Ronan Ryder, the director of the student health centre at the college, said that as of yesterday, 50 have been referred for testing following  “household outbreaks in off-campus student accommodation".

The Department of Public Health Mid-West is encouraging all students to avail of the mass testing this week, in order to protect themselves, their households and their communities.

Students who availed of the mass testing earlier this month should also register for a test, as infection since being tested is still possible. The test is free and you do not need to present with symptoms to avail of it.

Dr Marie Casey, specialist in Public Health Medicine, told the Limerick Leader that students have a unique risk profile as they live in large households, travel to and from their family homes, and may have a part-time job. 

Dr Casey confirmed staff are “managing” the outbreak among students.

“We are also seeing similar patterns of inter-household and family outbreaks in housing estates and communities across Limerick and in the Mid-West. This is due to increased levels of social mixing,” said the doctor.