Staff and residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Four Seasons care home in Consett, County Durham.
Durham County Council confirmed the outbreak at Redwell Hills Care Home, which provides nursing and personal care for up to 50 older people.
Amanda Healy, Durham County Council’s director of public health, said: “We can confirm we are aware of a number of coronavirus cases involving residents and staff at Redwell Hills Care Home in Leadgate.
“Our first priority is the safety of all involved. We have established an Outbreak Control Team and have been liaising with the management at the home to offer advice and support.
“We are also working with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health England to identify whether any further action is needed through our local outbreak control plan.”
A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “We are greatly saddened by the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic and we are putting all our resources and energy into supporting and protecting everyone in our homes through this very difficult time.
“Daily updates are provided to care authorities on all confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus and we are keeping the families of our residents fully informed. Our strict protocols on infectious diseases are in place in all of our care homes, including social distancing and barrier nursing, and we are closely monitoring the health of residents and colleagues. We would like to thank our colleagues, who are continuing to work tirelessly to support our residents under difficult circumstances.”