Frontline workers across the region have extended a message of thanks to the people of Kerry for their continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic and ask that everyone Show Love by Staying Apart this Valentine’s Day.

 

The HSE, An Garda Síochána, and Kerry County Council have worked together since the start of the COVID-19 crisis to co-ordinate the community response, and this weekend are appealing to everyone to continue their efforts to stop the spread.

A video collage of frontline workers sharing the message #ShowLoveStayApartCork and #ShowLoveStayApartKerry can be seen here.

The frontline workers also ask the public to share their photos and messages of support on social media this weekend, again using the hashtags #ShowLoveStayApartCork and #ShowLoveStayApartKerry.

Representatives from each agency said that they appreciate the support of the people of Cork and Kerry, and the best way for everyone to demonstrate that support is by staying apart and following all public health advice.

“The rise in COVID-19 cases since December has put intolerable pressure on healthcare workers across Cork and Kerry,” Acting Director of Public Health for the region Dr Anne Sheahan said.

“We know how much respect the people of Cork and Kerry have for our amazing frontline healthcare workers. This Valentine’s weekend we’re asking you to show your support for them by following all the guidance when it comes to self-isolation and restricting your movements when necessary. If you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, or if you have symptoms, or if you have a positive test result, then you must self-isolate by staying in your room. We know that it is difficult, but it is the best way for you to support our healthcare heroes. And if there is a case of COVID-19 in your household, then everyone in the house must follow advice and stay at home for 14 days.”

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor Scarteen emphasised the importance of wearing face coverings in the correct way.

“Face coverings have become something we are all used to wearing when required. But wearing them in the correct way – covering the nose and mouth – was never more important. I would encourage everyone to continue to wear face coverings as one of the most important ways in which we can continue to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”