Care homes up and down the country are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks as national infection rates have surged to almost 100,000 a day in England.
The rise in care home outbreaks comes as the government announced five more areas in Yorkshire, the Midland, East of England and South East would move from Medium to High Local COVID Alert Level from tomorrow.
Reflecting, the surge in cases nationally the number of care home COVID-19-related deaths has begun to rise at an increasing rate, with an additional 106 deaths reported in the week to 16 October.
Meanwhile, a series of new care home outbreaks was reported today, including HC-One’s Hatton Lea care home in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.
HC-One confirmed 20 residents and 11 staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 at one unit with a small number of residents having passed away.
Additionally, a further COVID-19 related death was reported at Community Integrated Care’s Charnwood Lodge in Dumfries, which suffering a “very concerning” outbreak earlier this month.
Further outbreaks included: 15 residents and 13 staff positive cases at The Hamiltons in Atherton, Greater Manchester; 20 people at council-run Marionville care home in Edinburgh; as well as an undisclosed number of cases at Sanford House Nursing Home in Dereham, Norfolk.
Sky News, meanwhile, reported that COVID cases in care homes in Leeds were already above peak levels in the spring. NHS statistics seen by Sky News show there were over 200 care home cases this week more than a peak of 160 seen in May.