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Nineteen residents infected with covid at Scots care homes as ‘several’ staff forced to self-isolate – Daily Record

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/nineteen-residents-infected-covid-scots-23293787

Coronavirus outbreaks at two Highland care homes have been identified after nineteen residents tested positive for the bug.

NHS chiefs have confirmed they are investigating the two separate clusters at the homes in Invergordon, which have also resulted in several staff being told to self-isolate.

A total of 12 OAPs at Kintyre House Care Home have caught the bug while seven more have tested positive at Castle Gardens Care Home.

NHS Highland carers are being drafted in to cover any staffing shortfalls at the two homes while enhanced infection monitoring and prevention measures have been introduced.

Residents at Kintyre House Care Home have also tested positive
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Elisabeth Smart, NHS Highland Consultant in Public Health, said: “Unfortunately, we have seen from other parts of the country that when infection levels rise in the wider community that infection can spread into care homes.

“This local outbreak is clear evidence of how serious the present situation is for the Highlands as a whole.

“The number of cases of COVID-19 has increased significantly since Christmas and we all have a role to play to protect the most vulnerable members of our families and our communities.

“Please adhere to the regulations and guidance and minimise your contact with others.

“The measures that have been put in place will ensure that the outbreak is as contained as possible and we will continue to support both care homes until this outbreak is over and all those affected are no longer infectious.

“The key public health messages are to stay at home and only leave the house for essential purposes.

“If you, or someone you live with, develops symptoms then adhere to the national advice and stay at home.

“You can contact 111 if you are concerned about your condition or your symptoms worsen.”

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