A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at a Salisbury care home run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).
The outbreak was confirmed at Willowcroft care home which provides care for up to 42 older people.
An OSJCT spokesperson said: “Colleagues and residents at Willowcroft care home are currently dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 within the home and our thanks go to them for everything they are doing to prevent the spread and to deal with the symptoms for those who have tested positive.”
OSJCT said the new COVID-19 variant had proved to be highly transmissible and only the excellence of colleagues and protocols, including the use of PPE, luminometers, deep cleaning and managing staff movement, had prevented the outbreak from worsening.
The not for profit operator said community transmission remained a concern and it was working with Public Health England, the local authority and CQC to tackle the outbreak.
A local press report has suggested the outbreak had stemmed from a resident who had been allowed to see their family over Christmas.
OSJCT commented: “It is very difficult to determine the cause of an outbreak. All of our visiting processes are in line with, and in some cases, beyond those set by the Government.
“This includes a COVID-safe visiting room that ensures that visitors do not enter a part of the home used by residents, and testing residents who left the home as well as them isolating on return.
“The diligence and dedication of our colleagues across OSJCT’s care homes have been excellent and as a trust we continue to be at the forefront of efforts to control the spread of the virus. This includes ensuring residents and colleagues access vaccination without delay, adopting the latest in testing technology, and participating in a pilot study to research antibodies in colleagues and residents which will help build a true picture of the number of infections and demonstrate resilience against the virus.”