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.
“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.