Coronavirus: Five residents of Portsmouth nursing home die – four of them have symptoms of Covid-19


The deaths at Harry Sotnick’s home on Cranleigh Avenue in Buckland were confirmed by Portsmouth City Council this afternoon.

The authority said a number of other residents are being cared for in isolation at home after showing symptoms of Covid-19.

There has been no formal diagnosis of Covid-19 in those who have died there, and they will not be tested.

Harry Sotnick House at Cranleigh Avenue, Portsmouth. Photo: Malcolm Wells (120550-971) Copyright: JPIMedia Resell

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The latest figures released yesterday by the NHS England showed that 73 people died of the virus at Queen Alexandra Hospital – after seven deaths Thursday, five Friday and two Saturday. None were recorded on Sunday.

The Harry Sotnick House has been closed to visitors since Sunday March 22.

A council statement said, “Portsmouth city council has confirmed cases of coronavirus in one of the city’s health centers.”

Councilor Matthew Winnington, a member of the Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet for health, welfare and social care, said: “This is an incredibly sad and difficult time for our residents and families.

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“Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who care for the well-being of those in our care.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our residents and staff safe, and we are following the infection control processes that we have in place for Covid-19.”

“We work with specialists from Public Health England. We shared our plans with them and they approved of the approach we are taking.

“We keep families informed of everything we do. “

Public Health England states that coronavirus tests should not be used if there will be no change in the care of the patient.

Stephen Morgan, Labor MP for Portsmouth South, said, “The tragic news that there have been five confirmed deaths at Harry Sotnick House associated with Covid-19 is deeply saddening and I extend my sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. My thoughts are with them at this unimaginable moment.

“Incidents like the one that hit the house indicate that this is not a distant threat but one that poses a real and genuine risk to our entire community. We all have a role to play in the fight against this dangerous pandemic.

“We must remain vigilant, think of others and act responsibly, to work for the good of our city and our nation.

“My thoughts also go out to front-line staff, such as caregivers, who work tirelessly 24 hours a day to help save lives and help others in the Harry Sotnick household in isolation.”

Public Health England said today that the number of coronavirus cases in Portsmouth has now increased to 104. In Hampshire there are 921 and in Southampton 149 – 1,174 cases in the county.

This is more than double the 545 cases in the three counseling areas as of Monday March 30.

Steve Bonner, president of the Pompey Pensioners Association, called the deaths of Harry Sotnick House “extremely sad” and urged all non-members to join its support network, by calling (023) 9281 6895.

He added: “We all have to follow the rules of self-isolation and we have to keep our distance when we are on the move.

“This virus does not stop at the elderly and we must take it seriously. “

Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, said her thoughts were with “everyone affected” by the deaths at Harry Sotnick House.

Improved measures currently in place at the site include an enhanced cleaning program and the use of personal protective equipment.

The families and caregivers of the deceased residents have been contacted in writing and are cared for by staff members of the home.

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