Covid-19 testing is to take place on the University of Limerick (UL) campus for students before they travel home for Christmas.
Due to community and household transmission, there have been a number of positive Covid cases linked to students attending UL, which has a population of 16,500 students.
As previously reported by the, outbreaks among students, in residential care settings, in private homes, and among extended families contributed to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Limerick last month.
Cases have since levelled off.
UL students living in the immediate vicinity of the campus will be invited to register for a Covid-19 test without needing to display any symptoms of the virus.
Our progress against #COVID19 over the last weeks shows the power we have over this virus when we come together. For the Christmas period, lets all continue to do what we know will keep our families and loved ones safe #ReduceYourContacts #WashYourHands #PhysicalDistancing #Masks pic.twitter.com/s4mgwvkxEg— Liam Glynn (@LiamGGlynn) December 4, 2020
Dr Mai Mannix, director of the Department of Public Health Mid-West encouraged UL students to get tested on campus before they head home.
Professor Kerstin Mey, UL president, said the testing was aiming to minimise virus transmission by helping to identify asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.
“Anywhere we can introduce further safety protocols for our students both on and off-campus we will take those opportunities and we are very happy now to be in a position to facilitate Covid-19 testing to our student community.”
Students have been contacted this Friday with full details on how to register online for an on-campus test. All tests will be processed by the HSE.