Coronavirus: “significant” epidemic in Skye nursing home



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The epidemic affected a nursing home in Portree

A “significant” number of residents and staff at a nursing home in Skye tested positive with Covid-19.

The outbreak was first detected at the Home Farm independent care home in Portree last week.

Local MPP Ian Blackford said 28 of the 34 residents and 26 of its 52 employees had a positive result.

In a joint statement, NHS Highland and Highland Council said there was no evidence that the virus had spread further in the community.

They did not release details of the number of cases, but urged the islanders to adhere to government measures to control the infection.

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Blackford, an SNP deputy representing Skye and Lochaber, said that such an epidemic on Skye was “shocking and disturbing.”

He said there was no fan in Skye and the closest was 112 miles away in Inverness.

He said: “Reinforced surveillance of cases has been put in place, public health guidelines have been strengthened and measures have been taken to ensure the full support of family members of those affected.

“In addition to setting up tests for all residents and staff, the availability of tests at the Portree NHS hospital will be complemented by a mobile test unit established in Broadford starting today, led by the 3rd Scottish Army Battalion.

“Critically, contact tracing will be an important part of our ability to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic, it will be a vital part of the response from the NHS Highland. “

He said people could help protect the NHS and social workers by “taking all necessary hygienic measures.”

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Kate Forbes, MSP for the region, said: “The epidemic we have in Skye is shocking and disturbing.

“By supporting the NHS and our caregivers, protecting all of our frontline workers and taking all necessary hygienic measures, we can contain the spread of this virus and do our part to save lives – not just in Skye but in every community. “

Each Home Farm staff member who tested positive was asked to isolate themselves for seven days. Those with whom they live were asked to isolate themselves for 14 days.

The NHS Highland and the Highland Council stated that Home Farm had established additional staff and that the board of health had provided a support team.

Dr. Ken Oates, director of public health at NHS Highland, said: “There is no evidence at this stage that the Covid infection has spread further into the community.

“The measures that have been put in place will help us ensure, to the best of our ability, that the epidemic is brought under control as much as possible. “


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