The outbreak took place at Bupa’s Cleveland House in Edgerton, near Huddersfield, where a further 18 people have been infected with the virus.
Jane Madden, Regional Director for Cleveland House, said: “Safety is our priority and we’re following strict guidance from Public Health England at all times.
“Although a number of our residents have recently tested positive for COVID-19, most affected do not have symptoms and are doing well. Very sadly, some residents have passed away, including those who had underlying health conditions or were receiving end-of-life care prior to their diagnosis. Our thoughts are with their families.
“Our residents are an extended family, so this is an exceptionally difficult time for everyone at the home. I’m grateful to the team, who continue to show compassion, professionalism and dedication in caring for our residents.”
Bupa said colleagues who had tested positive for the virus had immediately isolated away from the home with many since retesting negative.
The care home operator said families were being kept informed about their loved ones’ wellbeing and systems were in place to care for those who have tested positive.
Cleveland House has been closed to new admissions and hospital discharges (it is not a designated COVID-19 facility for hospital admissions). Bupa said it continued to carry out strict infection control measures, including thorough cleaning, regular temperature checks and the use of full PPE, in adherence with guidelines from Public Health England. The care home provider said the home was recently inspected by the council’s infection control team, who were supportive of the safety measures taken. Additionally, residents and staff are regularly tested as part of the government’s testing programme.