Free Covid-19 testing announced for University of Limerick students as over 300 cases identified in off-campus housing

The University of Limerick and the HSE are facilitating free on-campus COVID-19 tests for students who live in the Castletroy area and Limerick city this Thursday and Friday, March 25-26th.

There have been “at least” 322 cases associated with students living in off-campus accommodation in housing estates in the Castletroy area since the start of the year, with the “vast majority” of case recorded since February.

In an email distributed to UL staff and students on Monday afternoon, the University stated “the current strain of COVID-19 (B117) circulating in the community is far more transmissible than previous variants of the disease, which means single cases can rapidly escalate to whole household outbreaks.”

The Department of Public Health Mid-West is currently undertaking a process of Active Case Finding, in order to detect more cases amid the ongoing outbreak.

No symptoms are required for the testing taking place on-campus this week, and the college are “encouraging everyone living in the vicinity of the UL campus to avail of the free tests.”

“If you tested negative in the past number of weeks do not assume you are clear, please register for a repeat test,” the email read.

“We are still very much in the middle of this and while there is pandemic fatigue, we need you all to abide by the public health restrictions,” it added.

You can register for a test here.

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