There have been eight new cases of Covid-19 reported in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area in the last 24 hours by the Department of Health.

It now brings the total to 229 in the area out of 15,672 people tested. 26 of those cases have came in the last week out of 1,886 people tested.

Nine people aged 19 and under have tested positive in the last week along with five aged between 20 and 39, nine between 40 and 59, two between the ages of 60 and 79 and one aged 80 and over.

There were no new deaths recorded in the daily update from the department with the figure remaining at 573 while 149 people tested positive in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours. There have now been 8,780 positive cases in the country with 689 coming in the last seven days. 

In Fermanagh over the past week there have been positive cases within the school community at St. Aidan’s, Derrylin while Quinn Therm, part of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), confirmed one of their employees tested positive.

Shops in Irvinestown and Fintona have reopened following an employee in each shop having tested positive for the virus, forcing them to close temporarily for a deep clean.

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A statement from QIH said: “Quinn Industrial Holdings confirms that one of its staff has tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend as a result of community transmission.

“This is the first positive case amongst the group’s 830 staff, to date, despite near continuous working by many staff to support essential aspects of the economy across food packaging and essential construction projects.

“Approved protocols and procedures relating to isolation, contact tracing and sanitisation have been implemented across the business and, where appropriate, with customers and within the supply chain.”

Booking a Covid-19 test continues to cause problems for some in Fermanagh with people being directed to the likes of Newry and Craigavon, or having to wait hours before Enniskillen becomes available.

Some have also raised queries about the symptoms of young children following the return of schools with guidelines stating children require a test if they have the same symptoms as adults.

Fermanagh and Omagh has recorded 11 deaths, according to the Department of Health; however, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) reported there were 17 deaths in the district up until September 4.

The latest statistics from the Department of Health are mainly from hospital fatalities where a person has tested positive.

NISRA data shows the death toll reached 877 people by September 4 and this includes care homes/in the community/hospice and hospitals.

The new data collection by the department refers to both Health and Social Care Trust Laboratory completed tests (Pillar 1) and National Initiative Laboratory completed tests (Pillar 2).

The Western Health and Social Care Trust has had one admission and discharge for Covid-19 in the past week.

There are currently four ICU Covid-19 beds occupied in Northern Ireland, with three people currently on ventilation due to the virus. There are 36 beds occupied with Covid-19 patients.

There are 25 confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks in cares homes across Northern Ireland, with nine suspected outbreaks.