An Aberdeen care home has recorded 71 cases of coronavirus with both staff and residents affected.
Deeside Care Home in Cults, which is operated by Care Concern Group, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into the outbreak since 20 November.
A spokesperson for the incident management team said: “NHS Grampian is working closely with Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership and the facility’s management. Supportive measures have been implemented throughout the management of this outbreak situation.
“The home is closed to new admissions and visiting. Staff have implemented an enhanced cleaning regime. Care is being delivered as normal and the health protection team is providing full support to the facility’s management.”
A Care Concern Group spokesperson confirmed that some of those infected at the home had sadly passed away earlier this month.
The spokesperson told the Evening Express: “We can confirm that following routine testing as part of a rigorous, ongoing programme, a number of staff and residents at the home have tested positive for COVID-19.
“It is with great sadness that we also regret some of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have subsequently passed away. Their families have been advised and we extend our deepest sympathy to everyone who has lost a loved one.
“This is an extremely difficult time for those in our care, their families, friends and our staff. Their health, safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance and, as such, we are committed to doing everything we can to achieve this goal.”
The group said staff had been fully equipped with all necessary PPE throughout the pandemic and had adopted and adhered to all government guidelines.
Care Concern said staff had also been trained in safe and effective infection prevention and control procedures in line with government advice.