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#Testing

# testing - This year 2022

People with Covid symptoms must self-isolate but most don’t need a test, interim CMO explains
# Breda Smyth
# Breda Smyth

People with Covid symptoms must self-isolate but most don’t need a test, interim CMO explains

Jul 5th 2022, 5:06 PM 45,913 Views 45 Comments

Testing is now being targeted at medically vulnerable people.

Shanghai to start easing lockdown after mass Covid testing
# Shanghai
# Shanghai

Shanghai to start easing lockdown after mass Covid testing

Apr 9th 2022, 12:33 PM 8,861 Views 4 Comments

Large swathes of the city, with a population of 26 million, have been under lockdown since March 28.

# testing - Last year 2021

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
# Explainer
# Explainer

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know

Dec 31st 2021, 12:03 PM 90,642 Views 43 Comments

The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.

First vaccination clinics for vulnerable children held as hospitals face pressure due to Covid
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

First vaccination clinics for vulnerable children held as hospitals face pressure due to Covid

Updated Dec 29th 2021, 4:45 PM 91,024 Views 104 Comments
  • The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 75 overnight.
  • There were 16,959 positive swabs reported today by the Department of Health
  • The booster programme hit the milestone of 2,000,000 doses administered.
Demand for Covid tests 'extremely high' as system ramps up again post Christmas
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Demand for Covid tests 'extremely high' as system ramps up again post Christmas

Dec 27th 2021, 12:18 PM 61,732 Views 91 Comments

There were no appointments available in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford at the time of writing.

Biden pledges 500 million free rapid Covid tests to counter Omicron
# Testing
# Testing

Biden pledges 500 million free rapid Covid tests to counter Omicron

Dec 21st 2021, 10:00 PM 12,715 Views 43 Comments

People will use a new website to order their tests, which will then be sent by US mail at no charge, the White House said.

Third additional Covid test centre this week to open in Swords tomorrow

Third additional Covid test centre this week to open in Swords tomorrow

Nov 30th 2021, 6:06 PM 19,613 Views 9 Comments

The HSE confirmed that it expects the three new centres will continue to operate beyond this week.

'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar

Updated Nov 26th 2021, 2:00 PM 26,730 Views 23 Comments

The HSE’s Paul Reid has urged people waiting on a test to continue to isolate for at least 48 hours after symptoms end.

Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste

Updated Nov 23rd 2021, 9:00 PM 23,131 Views 51 Comments

Subsidised antigen tests are expected to be made available at pharmacies for €2 to €3.

Antigen tests are being used 'widely but not properly', says chief medical officer
# Testing
# Testing

Antigen tests are being used 'widely but not properly', says chief medical officer

Nov 22nd 2021, 9:28 AM 31,337 Views 98 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan cautioned that people with Covid-19 symptoms should receive a PCR test instead of relying on antigen testing.

HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools
# Close Contacts
# Close Contacts

HSE says 'disappearing' list on online portal is intentional for close contacts in schools

Nov 14th 2021, 11:00 AM 46,575 Views 14 Comments

It was highlighted that a positive case’s close contacts disappeared when the ‘school setting’ option was selected.

Ireland given the all-clear for All Blacks clash after Covid scare in camp
# Results
From The42
# Results

Ireland given the all-clear for All Blacks clash after Covid scare in camp

Nov 12th 2021, 8:57 PM 11,415 Views 12 Comments

Andy Farrell’s matchday 23 will line out as named yesterday.

New testing regime on the cards for people who can't get the vaccine on medical grounds
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

New testing regime on the cards for people who can't get the vaccine on medical grounds

Oct 27th 2021, 4:35 PM 18,229 Views 23 Comments

People who have not got their second dose cannot use the Covid Pass to access a number of services.

State could buy 500,000 antigen tests per week as Govt told rapid testing may play 'important role'
# Rapid Testing
# Rapid Testing

State could buy 500,000 antigen tests per week as Govt told rapid testing may play 'important role'

Oct 21st 2021, 2:28 PM 12,441 Views 42 Comments

Ireland is understood to have two million rapid tests in stock.

Additional supports for Covid testing in some counties as positivity rises in community

Additional supports for Covid testing in some counties as positivity rises in community

Oct 12th 2021, 6:23 PM 15,901 Views 4 Comments

Yesterday around 17,000 tests were done in the community.

Over €480 million spent on Covid-19 tests provided free of charge since start of pandemic
# Put To Test
# Put To Test

Over €480 million spent on Covid-19 tests provided free of charge since start of pandemic

Sep 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 14,630 Views 30 Comments
  • €217 million has been spent on providing free PCR tests this year up to August, Lauren Boland reports.
  • The HSE has purchased two million “I got my Covid-19 vaccine” badges and spent €8,800 on photo backdrops.
  • It is "very pleased" with the number of people sharing photos online after they receive a vaccine.
Number of children aged five to 12 tested for Covid quadruples
# Testing
# Testing

Number of children aged five to 12 tested for Covid quadruples

Sep 16th 2021, 7:29 PM 22,331 Views 38 Comments

A further 1,413 cases of Covid-19 were notified on today.

No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term
# Testing
# Testing

No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 1:58 PM 23,895 Views 49 Comments
  • The HSE says there are no current plans to change the existing testing regime.
  • However, an internal discussion paper suggested those with mild symptoms may be able to forego a test.
  • Close contact testing will likely be scaled back in the future if the pandemic recedes to an epidemic.
Health service expects ‘busy’ September for Covid-19 testing in schools
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Health service expects ‘busy’ September for Covid-19 testing in schools

Sep 5th 2021, 5:13 PM 16,170 Views 19 Comments

The HSE national lead said the executive was already tracking and carrying out testing in several hundred schools since they re-opened.

Online booking system for Covid-19 tests set up for all counties
# Covid Test
# Covid Test

Online booking system for Covid-19 tests set up for all counties

Jun 22nd 2021, 1:44 PM 19,489 Views 10 Comments

People can still show up to these test centres without booking an appointment.

Dáil committee calls on Holohan to explain opposition to antigen tests
# Testing
# Testing

Dáil committee calls on Holohan to explain opposition to antigen tests

Jun 9th 2021, 6:00 PM 22,251 Views 43 Comments

NPHET has objected to the use of the rapid tests among the general public.

High volumes at Covid testings centres amid ransomware disruption
# Covid19
# Covid19

High volumes at Covid testings centres amid ransomware disruption

May 18th 2021, 1:21 PM 14,260 Views 1 Comment

People who are symptomatic are being advised to go to any community testing centre.

'A false reassurance': Health officials caution against widespread use of rapid antigen tests
# Testing
# Testing

'A false reassurance': Health officials caution against widespread use of rapid antigen tests

May 11th 2021, 6:00 AM 18,812 Views 45 Comments

Supermarket chain LIDL made headlines on Thursday when it announced it will stock rapid antigen testing kits in its stores.

Eight more temporary walk-in test centres, including two in Donegal, to open
# Testing
# Testing

Eight more temporary walk-in test centres, including two in Donegal, to open

May 7th 2021, 4:17 PM 20,687 Views 8 Comments

Donegal has experienced a rise in cases in recent weeks.

HSE to temporarily open walk-in Covid-19 test centres in seven more towns
# Tried And Tested
# Tried And Tested

HSE to temporarily open walk-in Covid-19 test centres in seven more towns

Apr 30th 2021, 8:04 PM 50,646 Views 12 Comments

More than 50,000 people have been tested in the existing walk-in centres.

Four new walk-in Covid-19 test centres will open this week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Four new walk-in Covid-19 test centres will open this week

Apr 15th 2021, 7:43 PM 33,416 Views 26 Comments

Three of the centres will be located in Dublin and the fourth one will be located in Cahir, Co Tipperary.

Four new walk-in Covid test centres open as 255 patients in hospital with Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Four new walk-in Covid test centres open as 255 patients in hospital with Covid-19

Apr 2nd 2021, 7:47 AM 35,349 Views 70 Comments
  • The number of hospitalisations is at its lowest point since Christmas Day.
  • As of 6.30pm last night, there were 61 people with Covid-19 in intensive care units.
  • The HSE is opening the walk-in centres in areas where the number of positive cases are particularly high.
Positivity rate running at 3% as 7,500 people attend walk-in Covid-19 test centres
# Community Testing
# Community Testing

Positivity rate running at 3% as 7,500 people attend walk-in Covid-19 test centres

Mar 29th 2021, 9:48 AM 39,515 Views 55 Comments

Four of the walk-in centres are in different parts of Dublin and one is in Tullamore.

Poll: Would you take a free, walk-in Covid-19 test for people without symptoms?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you take a free, walk-in Covid-19 test for people without symptoms?

Mar 27th 2021, 11:00 AM 48,548 Views 82 Comments

Five test centres opened this week across the country.

1,400 people attend new 'walk-in, no appointment needed' Covid-19 test centres today
# Test Centres
# Test Centres

1,400 people attend new 'walk-in, no appointment needed' Covid-19 test centres today

Updated Mar 25th 2021, 5:53 PM 55,643 Views 83 Comments

The temporary testing centres will allow people who don’t have symptoms of Covid-19 to get a free test.

HSE to roll-out widescale retrospective contact tracing from 31 March
# Covid19
# Covid19

HSE to roll-out widescale retrospective contact tracing from 31 March

Mar 25th 2021, 5:47 PM 28,811 Views 37 Comments

Around 20% of cases are currently identified as community transmission.

Scrum coach Servat tests positive as France confirm third Covid-19 case
# Les Bleus
From The42
# Les Bleus

Scrum coach Servat tests positive as France confirm third Covid-19 case

Feb 17th 2021, 10:09 AM 5,187 Views 3 Comments

However, all the French players have tested negative for the second time this week.

UL to set up test centre after rise in Covid-19 cases among students living near campus
# Testing
# Testing

UL to set up test centre after rise in Covid-19 cases among students living near campus

Feb 9th 2021, 8:01 PM 27,289 Views 35 Comments

The cases are “largely based around simple household visits”.

Door-to-door testing blitz in England to find ‘every single’ South African strain case
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Door-to-door testing blitz in England to find ‘every single’ South African strain case

Feb 2nd 2021, 8:00 AM 24,730 Views 11 Comments

Mobile testing units and home testing kits will be deployed across eight communities in England.

HSE says cases need to drop at a 'consistent level' before it can resume testing close contacts
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

HSE says cases need to drop at a 'consistent level' before it can resume testing close contacts

Jan 27th 2021, 5:55 PM 19,130 Views 29 Comments

Covid-19 testing criteria for close contacts changed last month.

Standby list of frontline healthcare workers should be in place for any leftover vaccines, HSE says
# Prioritisation
# Prioritisation

Standby list of frontline healthcare workers should be in place for any leftover vaccines, HSE says

Jan 18th 2021, 3:46 PM 15,137 Views 25 Comments

A HSE document says “every effort should be made” to ensure vaccines are given to frontline healthcare workers.

Premier League records 40 Covid-19 cases in latest week of testing
# Season High
From The42
# Season High

Premier League records 40 Covid-19 cases in latest week of testing

Jan 5th 2021, 4:16 PM 3,327 Views 16 Comments

The figure is more than double that of the previous week, which was the highest since the beginning of Project Restart.

# testing - All time

Covid-19 close contacts no longer advised to get tested but still told to restrict movements
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19 close contacts no longer advised to get tested but still told to restrict movements

Dec 31st 2020, 5:11 PM 86,958 Views 130 Comments

It is still “imperative” for close contacts to restrict movements and contact a GP if symptoms develop.

Thousands of lorry drivers could spend Christmas in Kent traffic backlog
# Channel Crossing
# Channel Crossing

Thousands of lorry drivers could spend Christmas in Kent traffic backlog

Dec 24th 2020, 12:01 PM 25,522 Views 18 Comments

Drivers coming from the UK need to be tested to be allowed into France – causing huge delays despite the borders being opened.

Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period
# HSE
# HSE

Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period

Dec 3rd 2020, 3:59 PM 10,754 Views 4 Comments

The Covid facilities will have to be fully resourced over the holidays, says the HSE.

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