More cases of coronavirus have been reported in care homes as the UK death toll climbed by more than 100 to 578 yesterday.
The number of COVID-19 infections at HC-One’s Highgate care home in North Lanarkshire (pictured) jumped from six to 11 while a positive case was confirmed at Oaklands Nursing Home in Hove where 13 people had been tested for the virus.
Commenting on the outbreak at Highgate care home, HC-One said it had a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place and was working with health and care partners to keep its residents and colleagues safe.
An HC-One spokesperson added: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the local community for the outpouring of support we have seen.
“Our home has received flowers, meals, cakes and gifts from local businesses and residents as well as letters from local school children which have helped to keep spirits high during this time.”
Meanwhile, a resident at Oaklands Nursing Home tested positive after 13 residents (almost three quarters of the home) were tested after displaying symptoms of the virus.
Some staff at Oaklands, who have been frustrated by the lack of supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), were also reported to have gone home sick.
Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, the home’s manager, Betti Korder, said: “A nursing home is very different from a hospital in terms of contact and it’s extremely difficult to isolate someone.”
The home manager also expressed her concern that none of her staff had been tested for the virus.