Police are continuing to investigate a coronavirus outbreak at a Devon care home that is believed to have resulted in five deaths.
Devon & Cornwall Police said a significant number of residents and staff had tested COVID positive at Holmesley Care Home in Sidford with five deaths occurring since 6 March.
North East and West Devon commander Chief Superintendent Dan Evans, said: “I’ve no doubt there will be concern in the community regarding this incident and we are doing everything possible to help those bereaved families, while also working with partners to communicate to those with relatives remaining within the home.
“This is a complex investigation involving ourselves and multi-agency partners with safeguarding of residents at its core.
“There is significant work underway to understand the current situation and progress the investigation as quickly as possible, while maintaining the safety of care home residents, staff, police officers and partner agency staff.”
Ten residents from the home are being treated with COVID-19 at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.
Devon & Cornwall Police said agency staff had been brought into care for residents at the home while staff are isolating.
The police investigation was launched following concerns over the outbreak. Officers are speaking to staff and have conducted a search of the home. Post-mortems have been conducted on three of the deceased residents.
The investigation is being conducted in partnership with a multi-agency safeguarding response in order to maintain safeguarding of those residents in the home.