An outbreak of Covid-19 has occurred at a Co Kerry nursing home, with a significant number of staff at Oceanview Nursing Home understood to have tested positive for the virus.

Residents at the 35-bed facility in Camp are currently being tested.  

A spokesperson for Aperee Limited, the company which operates the nursing home, said the situation is being actively managed: 

"As part of our fortnightly staff serial testing, we have been advised that a number of staff have tested positive for Covid-19. We are in ongoing contact with the HSE and Department of Public Health and have notified HIQA." 

"We have enacted our contingency plan and are currently testing all our residents. Our primary focus is on our residents and are keeping our residents' relatives informed at all times. We continue to actively manage the situation," the spokesperson added. 

The HSE said that Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation has been working closely with the nursing home to ensure that the necessary supports are put in place to manage the outbreak. 

The HSE has established an Outbreak Control Team which is providing advice and guidance on the issues which are key to bringing the outbreak under control.