Please see Covid-19 communications from DOH/HSE re:
- Department of Health Covid Hub
- Department of Health Podcast
- Wellbeing “In This Together”
- Mental health policy and support line
- HSE Translated COVID-19 Resources
- Other Translated Resources
- COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
- Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering. (Download/View Face Coverings Campaign Pack 19_June_2020 - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION)
Public Health Information:
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We hope this message finds you well. Thank you for your ongoing support and sharing information about COVID-19. Below are a few communication updates for you and please share with your team/stakeholders .
Department of Health Covid Hub
The Department recently launched its new COVID-19 data hub . This new dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators for COVID-19 in the community including the number of daily cases, deaths, number of people in hospital and ICU and a daily update on testing figures.
Department of Health and the HSE today announce the publication of the Covid Tracker App Data Protection Impact Assessment and source code
The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive have today (Friday, June 26 th ) published several important documents as part of our ongoing commitment to openness and transparency in the development of the Covid Tracker App for Ireland.
The Data Protection Impact Assessment, the source code, the Product Explainer for the Covid Tracker App, and a series of app design and development reports are available on the HSE website here
Department of Health Podcast
Health of the Nation, the official Department of Health podcast, was launched on Saturday 20th June. The series provides a platform where health officials, healthcare workers and experts deliver clear and factual information on topical health issues. In support of the national public health communications campaign, the first episode was dedicated to the topic of face coverings; how, when and where to use them. In the coming weeks the podcast will continue to support messaging around COVID-19 and public health advice. The channel will evolve to focus on a variety of health issues into the future, including vaccines, key health trends and new health policy. If you want to know more about why we want people to wear face coverings, when you should wear them and how to put them on and take them off, you can listen to medical and nursing experts from the Department of Health on the following;
Wellbeing “In This Together”
The joint DOH, HSE and Healthy Ireland campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country and local authorities through Healthy Ireland coordinators are now also rolling it out on a regional basis. New videos covering the following topics have been added in the last 2 week and include:
• Staying Healthy and Keeping Well: Patrick Reilly, Traveller Mental Health Worker, Pavee Point
• Your wellbeing (Romanian language): Rares-Mihai Nicula, Roma Project Officer, Dublin City Community Co-op
See videos here: Healthy Ireland You Tube Channel
Mental health policy and supportline
The Department's new mental health policy, “ Sharing the Vision: A Mental Health Policy for Everyone ” was launched last week.
A new Crisis Textline – Text 50808 was also launched. The new text-based mental health service will provide support to anyone struggling with any issue, big or small for free and at any time of any day. The service is staffed by 300 trained crisis volunteers and people can access support by texting 50808.
HSE Translated COVID-19 Resources
Since March 2020, the HSE has been working to make public health advice accessible to many groups of people, with different abilities and needs, and from varied communities. To date, these resources have been downloaded more than 27,000 times and the public health information has been translated into 27 languages other than English and Irish.
These languages include Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu and Yoruba.
You can find the most up to date translated information resources for COVID-19 including the latest ‘Stay Safe, Protect Each Other' posters here .
You can find a COVID-19: Important information for the Roma Community video here .
Other Translated Resources
The COVID-19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland. Over 20 doctors and other healthcare professionals from around the world, but living and working in Ireland, developed video messages aimed at providing up-to-date and accurate public health information in a range of languages. These videos have recently been updated and can be found at: https://nascireland.org/covid-19-world-service .
COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
For people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, communicating in a health setting such as a busy clinic or ward situation can be difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for many healthcare staff to wear face masks have made communication even more difficult, especially for people who may rely on lip-reading. It is recommended that face masks be removed at social distance to facilitate lip reading where required. A transparent visor should also be considered as an option.
The Irish Deaf Society and Chime, in partnership with the HSE, have prepared resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. These can be found here and include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language.
Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering.
T hank you for your support in helping to share the message about the importance of face coverings. We again attach a partner pack for face coverings. You can find information on face coverings here . You can download the poster on how to use face coverings here with a high resolution version available here .
Public Health Information:
F or the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/ or https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.