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By Fiona Reid
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Care home hit with  covid cases

ADMISSIONS and transfers have been suspended at a care home in the region in response to an outbreak of covid.

Staff and residents at Barlochan Home in Palnackie have been affected, with 19 cases reported so far.

A multi-disciplinary team is now providing support to the care home and health bosses 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.

Work has been taking place with the council and public health teams to ensure that necessary steps are being taken to protect everyone within the home and provide any additional support needed.

Director of public health Valerie White said: “A range of mitigations are in place aimed at preventing outbreaks of covid in care homes. However, there has been and continues to be a high prevalence of cases within communities, and vulnerable settings such as care homes are at risk of outbreaks.

“Vaccination has been a game changer in relation to hospitalisations and deaths arising from covid, but as a partnership we work closely with all our care home providers to minimise and monitor any cases associated with care homes.”

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