BREAKING NEWS: HSE concerned about ‘large increase’ in Covid cases in Collooney/Coolaney area of Sligo

The Health Service Executive says it is concerned about recent large increases in Covid cases in the Collooney/Coolaney areas of County Sligo.

Health officials and medical personnel are asking people in the area to immediately get a Covid test if they think they have any symptoms of the virus.

Ocean FM News understands there have been about 40 cases of Covid in the Collooney/Coolaney area in the past week.

It’s not yet known if any of the cases were the more contagious Delta variant.

But the HSE, in a statement issued this (Wednesday) evening, says it is concerned about what it describes as ‘the recent large increase’ in cases in the area which, it adds, are related to social gatherings.

It has led the HSE Director of Public Health in the region, Dr Anthony Breslin, to issue a stark message: If you have symptoms, stay at home and get a test. Do not socialise.’

Dr Breslin also says anyone who is a contact of a possible case should also restrict their activities and get a test.

The HSE points out that anyone — with or without symptoms — can attend a testing centre without an appointment.

Testing at the Finisklin Centre in Sligo town is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, with weekend hours extended on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Testing in Leitrim is open Monday to Friday 2pm to 4:30pm but closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Leitrim Centre is located at the North West Business and Tech Park, in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Full details of testing centres are available at