Holidaymakers had no significant impact on the number of COVID-19 cases in Kerry

There’s no significant difference in the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 at Kerry test centres when that figure is compared to the number of people with home addresses in the county who contracted the virus.

The HSE has released figures for the number of positive cases at Kerry centres over a 54-day period.

Radio Kerry News made a Freedom of Information request to establish if there was a difference in the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 at Kerry test centres versus the county statistics, which are based on the number of people with Kerry home addresses, who’ve contracted the virus.

With the lifting of the lockdown on June 29th, visitors from other parts of Ireland could holiday in the county and Radio Kerry was seeking to establish if the rise in visitor numbers had had an impact on the number of cases confirmed in Kerry.
This information is not contained in the daily county figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

On foot of Radio Kerry’s FOI request, the HSE released the number of cases that tested positive at Kerry centres between July 1st and August 23rd.

During that time, 18 people, regardless of their permanent residence, tested positive for coronavirus at centres in the county.

In contrast, during that same period, 14 people, who gave Kerry as their home address, tested positive for coronavirus.

This indicates that visitors to Kerry didn’t have a significant impact on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county.