Fifteen residents and six staff test COVID-19 positive at Gateshead care home

Armstrong House

Fifteen residents and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Gateshead care home.

The positive cases, all of which were asymptomatic, were found at Care UK’s Armstrong House.

A Care UK spokesperson said: “All team members and residents have recently undertaken the routine test for coronavirus. Initially, six team members and one resident tested positive.  All were, and continue to be, completely asymptomatic.

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“Later in the week, we had some more test results back and a further 14 residents have also tested positive despite none of them displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. In our view, this demonstrates the importance of regular testing for all care home residents and the teams that support them.”

Care UK said the staff who tested positive were self-isolating at home, with the residents staying in their room and being supported by staff using PPE.

The leading care home provider said the home was now closed to visitors and would reopen to socially distanced visits as soon as it was safe to do so.

“We are well prepared with a comprehensive action plan, we have good supplies of PPE and our dedicated team is working tirelessly to keep residents as happy, fulfilled and healthy as possible,” Care UK said.

Strict lockdown measures have been put in place in Gateshead and the rest of north east England following a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

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The author Lee Peart


  1. I am not sure what is going on with the testing but in Hertfordshire a lot of the homes are receiving Positive tests but everyone is asymptomatic and in some homes where staff have immediately gone for independent tests they are always negative. It seems to me that the testing is at fault or as everyone has no symptoms or has the virus run its course?

    Either way the Resident’s lose out by not having visits and the Staff cannot work and the homes have to find people to cover vacant shifts to ensure the right delivery of care.. I truly believe that the quality of testing must improve to help us through the winter months or I can see us going back into full lockdown with no visitors and residents becoming depressed especially at Christmas time. That would be fatal!

        1. You’re welcome,I just hope you can improve more new tech test to solve test results feedback over a week.
          Could you let me know If you obtain any information?
          Thanks a lot!

  2. Test for all member is actually very urgent to save others without COVID-19.
    Last week ,a news says some care home setup to survey a new test machine result out in 85 minutes.
    How about procedures? What time could be provide to all the care home needed?

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