A second positive test of a carer has been attributed to an original infection at a care home on the Isle of Skye.
NHS Highland said reinfection was not expected to be the cause of the positive test at HC-One’s Home Farm care home which has seen no positive cases for 33 days after an initial outbreak of 56 infections that sadly resulted in 10 deaths.
An NHS Highland spokesperson said: “Evidence is emerging internationally about COVID-19 and it is now recognised that some people have prolonged positive swab results and others can have intermittent negative and positive results over many weeks.
“An ongoing positive result does not therefore mean they are still infectious or that they pose a risk to others. This is the most likely scenario here.”
Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and the SNP’s leader at Westminster, told the BBC he had felt it was important to make the public aware of the case while acknowledging the work being done to deliver effective infection control at the home.
An HC-One spokesperson said: “We have been assured by public health experts that the positive test returned recently from a Home Farm colleague is likely as a result of the original infection and not due to a reinfection. This means that the risk of transmission from this person is very minimal. However, we are of course working closely with our local health and care partners and are taking all appropriate steps to respond to this. Testing is being made available to everyone who has entered the home recently and will be completed as a matter of urgency.
“Home Farm has had the highest standards of infection control over recent weeks, working in partnership with and overseen by colleagues from the NHS, and we are confident we have done all we can to support this home in its recovery. There had been no new COVID cases at Home Farm for 33 days, prior to the result on Sunday, and we hope the current round of testing will show there has been no further transmission.”