15 residents die at care home after Covid outbreak – Plymouth Live

Fifteen care home residents have died after testing positive for Covid-19.

Bosses at Perry Manor nursing home in Worcester said they were “saddened by the losses” which came “in recent weeks”, after having managed to keep coronavirus out of the facility “until last month”.

The facility, which has capacity for up to 82 people, was rated outstanding in its most recent independent inspection.

The home’s bosses said “many” colleagues had tested positive for Covid-19, with 33 Perry Manor staff infected in all.

However, none became seriously ill and most were asymptomatic and had since returned to work after quarantining.

Care UK, which runs the Worcestershire home, said it was following “very stringent infection prevention and control protocols” and was working with Worcestershire public health officials to minimise risks of further infection.

It said the care teams’ PPE stocks were “plentiful”, they had all necessary sanitation equipment and were trained in their use.

More than half of the home’s staff have now also had the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as “all those residents who were well and have not returned a positive test”.

Dave Ashbolt, Care UK regional director, said: “I would like to send my condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost someone from our home in recent weeks.

“We are all saddened by the losses and everyone is in our thoughts.

“I would like to pay tribute to the team at the home who have done an incredible job in very difficult circumstances.

“Many have tested positive and have been self-isolating so colleagues have been working extra shifts and taking on whatever task needs to be done.

“Not only have they provided top quality, loving care to residents but they have also worked tirelessly to reassure relatives where they can and keep them up to date with news.

“The team has been touched by the kind messages and gifts that they have received from relatives and the local community.

“I would also like to say thank you to all the local health protection team members and our GP Dr Maggie Keeble for their support and advice.”

In its most recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the home outstanding overall – the highest possible grading.

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