Fifteen residents have died and 33 staff members have tested positive following a COVID-19 outbreak at Care UK’s Perry Manor care home in Worcester.
Worcestershire County Council said it was working with Public Health England and infection control to support the home.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of those who have passed away. Unfortunately, it is a real reminder to us all that COVID-19 remains in our communities. Outbreak management procedures are being followed, cases are isolating and visiting is restricted to essential visits only.
“Multi-agency support has been provided to the care home since the first positive cases were identified. Staff at the home are working hard to ensure residents are receiving the highest standards of care. They continue to prioritise the health and safety of all the residents and the staff. Care homes remain a key priority for our outbreak control plan in the county.”
The council said staff who had tested positive were now well and had returned to work following a period of self-isolation and continued to follow stringent infection control prevention and control protocols.
Care UK’s Regional Director Dave Ashbolt said: “I would like to send my condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost someone from our home in recent weeks. We are all saddened by the losses and everyone is in our thoughts.
“I would like to pay tribute to the team at the home who have done an incredible job in very difficult circumstances. Thanks to their dedication, this home was free of COVID-19 cases for the first ten months of the pandemic. In recent weeks, many have tested positive and have been self-isolating so colleagues have been working extra shifts and taking on whatever task needs to be done. Not only have they provided top quality, loving care to residents but they have also worked tirelessly to reassure relatives where they can and keep them up to date with news.”
A spokesperson from NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “Care homes are a high priority for COVID-19 vaccinations and the programme was rolled out across the county in December in accordance with national policy as set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).”