Concerns raised regarding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Kerry

Councillors have raised concerns regarding the rising number of COVID-19 cases and compliance with public health restrictions in Kerry.

The need to reinforce how dangerous this virus is and the idea of creating simplified messaging were discussed by councillors in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19 around the county.

These issues were raised at an online briefing of Kerry County Council.

Fianna Fáil councillor Michael O’Shea says he knows that hospitals are under pressure as a result of COVID-19.

He called on the council to create a campaign to make people more aware of how dangerous this virus is.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael councillor Aoife Thornton says the messaging around the pandemic needs to be simplified.

Cllr Thornton believes an image campaign outlining what you can and can’t do while awaiting a test result, would help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kerry; she says this should include if you can or can’t go into a shop, along with other everyday activities.

The Cathaoirleach or Mayor of Kerry Fine Gael councillor Patrick Connor Scarteen says the messaging around COVID-19 is very important and agreed that a more simplified messaging system would be beneficial.

Fianna Fáil councillor Breandán Fitzgerald stated that all councillors should be reinforcing the need for regular handwashing, social distancing, mask wearing and self-isolation if you are displaying any symptoms.