Seventeen residents have died with coronavirus symptoms at a Bupa care home in Leeds.
The care home operator said seven residents had died testing positive for the virus at Sunnyview House with 10 having passed away showing COVID-19 symptoms at the 84-bed home.
Regional Director, Jane Madden, said: “The wellbeing of our residents and staff is our priority. We’re doing everything we can to keep them safe and closely following the strict advice from Public Health England.
“Our thoughts are with their families, who have been so supportive of the home and our staff during this time. We continue to stay in close contact with them all to ensure they have the support they need.
“This has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but the team have shown exceptional strength and continue to go above and beyond to deliver the best possible care. Thanks to this, a number of symptomatic residents are now back to full health.”
Bupa said an additional five confirmed COVID-19 cases had been found at the home who were being cared for in their rooms by dedicated teams with all necessary PPE.
Bupa said the home had always had a full supply of PPE with a support team on hand seven days a week if further supplies were required.
The care home operator said it was working closely with Public Health England to get regular testing within the home.
A spokesperson added: “We have adequate staff to support residents. Some colleagues are taking the necessary isolation measures, and we have the support of trusted agency nurses to ensure we’re able to continue providing the right level of dedicated care. Staff are dedicated to set areas of the home and are not moving between floors; there is a clear colour coding system to ensure this is always being followed.”
The home was closed to visitors on March 21.