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By Fiona Reid
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Care home death toll rises again

FOUR more deaths have been reported at a care home in the region, gripped by covid.

Community Integrated Care this week revealed that the death toll at their Thorney Croft Care Home in Stranraer has now risen to 14.

In addition, there has also been 46 positive cases among residents and 46 among staff.

The charity has been working in close partnership with the NHS to ensure all necessary plans and protocols are in place to manage the outbreak.

And a spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership noted the swift action, dedication and commitment of the care home operators and their colleagues in how they have responded.

Meanwhile, new figures from National Records of Scotland show that 43 people have died from covid in Dumfries and Galloway so far this year.

That compares to 79 overall last year and brings the region’s coronavirus death toll up to 122.

The first deaths were recorded at the end of March 2020, there was a break over the summer with just one person dying at the end of August, but then numbers started to rise again from last September.

There has been a rise in deaths as January has progressed, with four registered in the first week of this month, then 20, and 19 last week.

And, covid has accounted for 23.2 per cent of all deaths locally so far this month.

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