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Care home hit by covid outbreak

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Care home hit by covid outbreak

TWO residents have died at a Dumfries care home which is currently battling a covid outbreak.

The deaths at Lochduhar, off Hardthorn Road, both occurred within 28 days of a postive test.

Meanwhile, a total of ten cases have now been recorded among staff and residents.

As a result, admissions and transfers have all been suspended and a multi-disciplinary team is providing support to the care home

Health officials say that as soon as the outbreak developed, immediate action was taken around implementing a number of additional robust infection control measures including increased testing and an enhanced decontamination schedule.

A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership said: “The operator of this care home has been faced with a challenging and difficult situation, but full credit is due to them and their very dedicated staff for the responses that have been mounted.

“Covid-19 is very highly infectious, which means that containing its spread is not easy – even when it is being met with all the correct protocols, including regular testing and vaccinations.”


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