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Care home covid outbreak

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By Fiona Reid
Care home covid outbreak

TEN cases of coronavirus have been detected among staff and residents at a care home in the region.

As a result, visiting has been suspended at the Belmont Care Home in Stranraer, along with a halt to new admissions. 

 And a multi-disciplinary team established through the Health and Social Care Partnership is providing advice and support to the care home operators, the St Philips Care charity.

 A spokesman for the home said: “As soon as the outbreak developed, we took immediate action halting visits and implementing a number of additional robust infection control measures including increased testing and an ongoing decontamination schedule.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we’re continuing to work closely with the local authority and public health teams to ensure that we are taking all necessary steps to protect everyone within the home and provide any additional support needed.”

NHS bosses say cases of covid have remained ‘stubbornly high’ in Dumfries and Galloway over recent weeks, and have been identified right across the region.  

A spokesman said: “No one should be blamed for developing covid, but it is everyone’s responsibility to minimise the risk and to immediately take the correct action if they become symptomatic.  

Maintaining good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering in indoor public areas and on public transport, together with vaccination and regular testing can help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect ourselves, our loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and communities.” 



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