A care home which admitted three hospital patients who were discovered to have coronavirus has reported 36 positive cases.
Cheaney Court in Desborough, Northamptonshire, which is run by Minster Care, confirmed that 23 residents and 13 staff had been infected.
Last week, the NHS announced it was investigating a complaint over the discharge of three patients to the home. Minster Care said the patients were discharged from Kettering General Hospital and a hospice on its grounds as being COVID-free but later found them to be positive.
A spokesman for the home said: “We require written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test before any resident is admitted. Our policy also ensures that all incoming residents are placed in isolation and are tested again by us. As a result of these precautions we were able to identify three people admitted from NHS facilities in the past month who tested positive.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, a number of other residents and staff have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The majority are now reaching the end of the cycle and medical advice, happily, indicates that everyone looks likely to recover.
“The home is coping extremely well under the circumstances and morale amongst staff and residents alike is very good.”