Thirteen residents of a Glasgow nursing home died within a week of a suspected coronavirus outbreak.
Staff at Burlington Care Home, Cranhill, said they “closely monitor” the health of others in their care and that “strict protocols” were in place.
All of the deceased residents had underlying health conditions and their families were informed.
Two staff members tested positive and are being treated at the hospital.
As first reported in The Scottish Sun, the nursing home said the tests were not done on residents because they were only done when people were admitted to the hospital.
A Four Seasons Health Care spokesperson said, “With deep sadness, we can confirm that 13 residents of Burlington Care Home have died in the past seven days.
“Our condolences go out to their families and we give them our continued support during this difficult time.
“The death of a loved one is always traumatic regardless of the circumstances.
“Within the home, the team continues to focus on the care and protection of all of our residents and colleagues, two of whom are currently being treated for coronavirus.
“Our strict infectious disease protocols are in place, including social distancing, and we are closely monitoring the health of other residents and colleagues.
“In these exceptional circumstances, we are sincerely grateful for the dedication of our colleagues and can assure our residents and their families that we are putting all our resources and energy into supporting and protecting everyone in our homes.”
The care inspectorate has been informed of the deaths and is in contact with the care service as well as with the local health and social protection partnership.
A spokesperson said, “We are aware of the tragic deaths of residents of this care home following Covid-19.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones and the staff and the wider community of the home.
“The whole Scottish social welfare sector works in very difficult circumstances to care for people during the pandemic and the Care Inspectorate is doing everything it can to support them.”