HSE Covid-19 Update: 24th September 2020

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HSE Communications Team Partner Pack update of 24th September 2020.

We hope this message finds you well.

We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.


Public Health Measures

You can download a graphic of all of the levels here of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with CDOVID-10.

Dublin will remain at Level 3 until 9th October, at which point the situation will be reviewed by the Government based on public health advice.

The rest of Ireland is currently at Level 2.

“Be a role model for others. Limit the number of people you meet, maintain 2m physical distance, wear a face covering, wash your hands well and often. Together, every safe behaviour counts.” ~Dr Ronan Glynn Acting Chief Medical officer (23rd September 2020)


HSE Winter Plan 2020/2021

The HSE has today (24th September) published the Winter Plan, which has been developed within the context of delivering essential healthcare in a COVID-19 environment. A range of initiatives will be undertaken to support this work, which will aim to enhance community capacity and decrease acute hospital demand. Through the prioritisation of Primary Care and Community Services, we will advance the goals of Sláintecare and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

This plan, which is supported by the allocation of an additional €600m, seeks to support improved patient care in hospitals and in the community while keeping our staff and those who use our services safe in the midst of a global pandemic. Key initiatives within the Winter Plan include:

  • Additional acute bed capacity;
  • Additional home support packages;
  • Additional HSE procured private bed capacity;
  • Additional intermediate care beds, proposals for acute hospital egress; and
  • Additional Community Healthcare Networks, Community Specialist Teams (Older Persons and Chronic Disease).


You can download the Winter Plan here.


Local Information on the COVID-19 Data Hub 

As of the 19th September, a new data set has gone live with case information at a Local Electoral Area level across Ireland on the COVID-19 Data Hub available here. This has been done through collaborative work between the Department of Health, the Ordnance Survey Ireland, the All-Island Research Observatory, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the Health Service Executive and the Central Statistics Office.


EPA-HSE Joint Webinar: Key Findings of the Joint EPA-HSE Environment & Health Research Projects

The focus of this webinar is on the impact and importance of blue and green space on our health and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to learn about the key findings from a number of excellent environment and health research projects.  These research findings contribute to the implementation of Healthy Ireland and other relevant health and environment policies and plans.

During Covid-19, the importance of green and blue spaces around where people live is relevant with various (2km, 5km, county) restrictions and people have become more aware of what is around them and how important it is.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, 8th October from 2:00 – 3.30pm. To attend, please register here.


Public Health Information

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.


Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.

If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.


We wish you good health and wellness.

HSE Communications Team

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