Three residents have sadly died following a coronavirus outbreak at a Worcester care home.
Public Health for Worcestershire said 33 residents and 23 staff had currently tested positive at St Stephen’s care home in Worcester.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “Outbreak management procedures are being followed, cases are isolating and visiting is restricted to essential visits only. Multi-agency support has been provided to the care home since the first positive cases were identified.
“We continue to work closely with our health partners and the home to ensure all necessary action is being taken. There is national guidance in place to support all care homes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. We are working closely with care homes across Worcestershire to support them in their response to this pandemic.”
The initial outbreak at the home, which is run by Gold Care Homes, was reported last week.
Gold Care Homes Chief Operating Officer, Sam Cheekoory, said: “The loss of our residents is felt deeply; and our thoughts and condolences are with the families of our beloved residents and all of those who have passed away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our highest priority is the safety of each of our staff and residents who are in the home. We continue our work at the home and are working closely with our community partners, including Worcester County Council and the CCG, taking advice and adapting our ways around the advice of Public Health England (Midlands).”
Sam said preventative measures and enhanced isolation procedures were in place and staff and residents were tested regularly with those testing positive in isolation.