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Health and social care workers show higher COVID-19 rates than other jobs

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Higher COVID-19 rates have been found among health and social care workers than in people working in other roles.

In its latest analysis based on tests carried out between 11 May and 24 May, the ONS found that 1.73% of patient facing healthcare or resident facing social care workers tested positive for the virus compared with 0.38% positive tests for those working in other roles.

The findings follow ONS data earlier this month which revealed that care workers were twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than health care workers and those working elsewhere.

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The latest benchmark statistics from Person Centred Software Mobile Care Monitoring (MCM) customers, meanwhile, has supported recent data analysis showing that the COVID-19 situation in care homes is starting to recover.

The analysis, which was based on data volunteered by customers, found that while occupancy was still declining, as the amount of people leaving residential care outweighed admissions, the rate of loss of occupancy had reduced.

Person Centred Software said: “Our figures show that occupancy has declined by 8.64% since the beginning of April, a loss of 35,352 residents. This has been caused largely by about 25,714 people who have died over the seasonal mortality rate, but the rate of mortality is improving, with 1,055 deaths above the seasonal norm, down from a peak of above 5,000 per week.”

As the graph below indicates while care home leavers still outnumber admissions the occupancy gap is narrowing as admissions stabilise and the number of those leaving care declines. The chart also illustrates that deaths have also declined significantly since their mid-April peak and are now below admissions.

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The author Lee Peart

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