Several cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at care homes around the country as the government announced drastic measures to halt the spread of the virus yesterday.
New outbreaks include six cases at HC-One’s Highgate Care Home in North Lanarkshire, a staff member at The Meadowside and St Francis Care Centre in Plymouth and a resident at Woodcroft Care Home in Trowbridge, Cardiff who is receiving treatment in hospital.
The BBC said six cases of COVID-19 had been reported at Highgate Care Home, which provides care for around 70 elderly residents. None of those infected are so far believed to have required hospital treatment.
John Kirk, managing director of Highgate Care Home, (pictured) said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues is of paramount importance. As such, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep them safe.
“We are working closely with all the relevant bodies, including NHS Lanarkshire and Health Protection Scotland, as we implement our comprehensive contingency plan, which includes closing the home to all but absolutely essential visitors, and continuing to take steps to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and infection control.”
Meanwhile, The Meadowside and St Francis Care Centre in Plymouth has been closed to visitors after a staff member tested positive for the virus.
A spokesperson for the home said: “We understand the concern this may cause but the safety of our residents and staff must always be our primary concern. We have a comprehensive contingency plan and strict control measures in place to minimise the risks to residents and staff.”
In a further case, WalesOnline reported a resident from Woodcroft Care Home in Trowbridge was being treated in hospital for the virus.
A spokesperson for the home’s operator, the Hafod housing association, said: “We are being kept informed of their condition, which is our primary concern, along with the welfare of our residents and colleagues across our estate.
“We have contacted the families of all residents at Woodcroft to explain the context of the situation and offer reassurance. We are working with Public Health Wales and following their advice closely, alongside the infection prevention and control measures we already had in place.”
The news of the outbreak comes the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced drastic new measures to combat the spread of the virus, including advising people to work from home where possible and avoiding unnecessary travel.
Guidance for care home providers on dealing with the outbreak can be found here.