CORONAVIRUS: Staffordshire care home closes to visitors


A Staffordshire care home has closed its doors to visitors after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the area.

Robert Evans, owner of Sunningdale care home, told CHP the decision had been taken as a “precautionary measure”.

The move came after St Gabriel’s school in neighbouring Belgrave was closed yesterday after a staff member contracted the virus.

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Robert told CHP: “This is a precautionary measure. One needs to be proactive and not reactive. Everybody has been very supportive about this decision. We have spoken to every single family member before doing anything.”

The care home owner said the home was closed to all visitors and family members and non-essential support workers. He added residents were able to keep in touch with family members by telephone and through social media and relatives were being kept fully informed of the situation.

The care home owner said it was not possible to say at this stage when the ban would be lifted.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, said: “While we understand that people may be anxious, the reality is that the risk to everyone in Staffordshire remains relatively low.

“The current advice is to carry on with every-day life where possible and to follow good hygiene, as this is the easiest and most effective way of reducing the spread of the virus.”

Coronavirus guidance for care home providers can be found by clicking here.

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