A Wiltshire care home has temporarily banned visits following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Westbury Court in Westbury, which is operated by Four Seasons Health Care Group, introduced the measures after some staff and residents at the home were infected with the virus.
A spokesman for the home said: “We are currently managing a number of positive COVID-19 cases at Westbury Court care home and are taking every precaution in order to protect our residents and colleagues, who are being tested regularly.
“To keep everyone safe, the home is temporarily closed to visitation and we will open again as soon as it is safe to do so. Until then, we are facilitating video calls between residents and relatives, and keeping everyone up to date on the situation, including Public Health England.”
Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, said: “We are aware of the current COVID-19 outbreak at Westbury Court care home in Westbury.
“Our COVID and Public Health teams are continuing to offer support and guidance to the staff at the home by offering daily phone calls and advice on infection prevention and control.
“We continue to encourage guidance on testing, self-isolation, vaccinations and infection, prevention and control measures in order to protect residents in care homes. These steps reduce the risk of COVID to those living and working in care homes and could not have been achieved without the hard work of our care home staff.”
The ONS reported 32 COVID linked deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 6 August down from 38 deaths in the previous week.
Figures published by the Liberal Democrats this week revealed that care home COVID cases tripled in July with 14,660 positive COVID tests among care home staff in four weeks to 27 July compared with 4,552 in June.