Covid19 - Its in
Below is a joint
Statement on behalf of the Cathaoirleach of Donegal
County Council, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Chief Executive of
Donegal County Council, John G. McLaughlin, Chief
Superintendant of An Garda Siochana, Terry McGinn and
Director of Public Health North West Region, Dr Anthony
IT is clear that the Covid-19 numbers in Donegal have
been growing in recent weeks and we are now at a
critical juncture for this disease.
We have a window of opportunity to bring this disease
under control and to keep Donegal at Level 2
restrictions. To do so we all need to act now to break
the chains of transmission, to ensure we live as
optimally as we can with the virus, keeping our schools
open, resuming non-covid healthcare and protecting our
We are asking you and your
family to take positive action immediately, and change
your current behaviours. This means:
Meeting less people inside your home.
With those you do meet, be particularly attentive to
safe practices - keep your distance, wear a face
covering where appropriate, cough into a tissue and bin
it, wash your hands.
Limiting the number of people you meet outside your
home as much as possible.
Prioritising the people you need to see, keeping
groups small, and seeing them regularly, rather than
meeting lots of different people from different
households. Concentrate on your core circle in the
We all know the core messages, and its time to double
our efforts to stay safe.
Remember this disease can spread even if you have no
symptoms. Act as though you have the virus to protect
the friends and family and colleagues and others you
meet going about your day. Keeping that little bit of
extra distance from others is really important as we try
to work safely while living with the threat of this
Know the symptoms and come forward quickly for testing
if you have any concerns. Isolate yourself from others
and phone your GP if you feel unwell, remember that a
referral and test for Covid-19 are free.
Our individual actions do matter. They all count. They
do work. The good news is that we know the most
effective tools to keep this virus at bay. We just need
to keep working with them.
As a collective we are appealing to the people of
Donegal to please maintain social distance and limit
your number of close contacts in the coming days.
Whether in our workplaces, our homes or social settings
let us all be advocates of Covid good behaviour.
It's in our hands!