COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at two Highlands care homes with one of the homes sadly reporting the death of four residents.
The deaths took place at Meallmore Lodge in Inverness while an outbreak has also occurred at Sanctuary Care’s Mull Hall care home in Easter Ross.
Thirty eight residents and 37 staff tested COVID positive at Meallmore Lodge despite the roll-out of the first dose of vaccinations at the home in January.
A spokesperson for the home said the majority of those testing positive were asymptomatic with many having recovered. Nineteen residents and 17 staff are currently isolating at the home after testing positive.
The spokesperson added: “This is, of course, a very worrying situation for families of residents and staff, and we continue to do everything we can to support them to return to good health. We are taking all steps to minimise the spread of the virus, including caring for residents in their rooms, continuing to restrict staff movement, focusing on high standards of infection control and we have an enhanced level of testing in place.
“We are in contact with the next of kin of our residents, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and understanding. We are very proud of our colleagues and how they have shown huge dedication and commitment to our residents.
“With a combination of our own team supported by our trusted local agencies, we continue to maintain appropriate levels of cover across the home to ensure the wellbeing, comfort and safety of our residents. The home continues to be well supplied with the medical equipment and PPE needed to protect residents and colleagues alike. We have robust infection control practices in place, and we are working extremely closely with our local health partners as we respond to the outbreak.”
Additionally, a COVID outbreak has affected eight residents and four members of staff at Sanctuary Care’s Mull Hall care home in Easter Ross. No deaths have been reported at the home.
A spokesperson for Sanctuary Care said: “While we would not comment specifically on the medical condition of any of our residents or staff, we can confirm there are some positive cases in the home. We are in regular contact with the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Directorate and continue to closely follow the detailed public health guidance being given to care homes across the United Kingdom.
“We completely understand how worrying the pandemic remains for the families of everyone in our homes and can reassure them that the safety of their loved ones is always our absolute priority.”