Staffing issues persist among private and voluntary nursing homes according to a new Nursing Home Ireland (NHI) survey.
Testing results are not returned to nursing homes for a number of days while sufficient access to personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be a problem.
Recently introduced Health Service Exective (HSE) policies say facemasks should be worn when in close contact with a nursing home resident.
The main results according to the survey include:
233 private and voluntary nursing homes participated in the survey of 460 operating across Ireland according to NHI.
Speaking about the results, Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO said: “Nursing homes remain under immense pressure in managing Covid-19. Pressures continue to be applied across staffing, PPE and testing."
Mr Daly acknowledged the support recently introduced from the Government "late in the day" and said, "this has made an impact."
However, he said "seismic challenges persist" and the sector continues to work with the HSE and the Department of Health along with the Minister for Health to address them.
NHI said nearly half of private and voluntary nursing homes in Ireland completed the survey.