Nearly half of Greater Manchester nursing homes have reported COVID-19 outbreaks – check your area

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Almost half of Greater Manchester nursing homes have reported outbreaks of coronavirus.

Between March 9 and May 10, 254 cases of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 were reported in nursing homes in Greater Manchester.

Government data shows that 45% of the 566 nursing homes in our region have had cases of the virus.

During the week ending May 10, seven new outbreaks were suspected or confirmed in nursing homes in the area.



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This was down from 11 new reports the previous week and down from a peak of 66 reports in the week ending April 12.

In England, a total of 5,546 suspected or confirmed coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes.

In our area, Wigan had the highest number with 64pc of residential homes reporting cases, followed by Tameside with 58pc and Oldham with 57pc.

Rochdale had the lowest rate with 36% of nursing homes reporting outbreaks.

These data come from reports to Public Health England (PHE) of infectious disease outbreaks in retirement and nursing homes.

A nursing home will only be included in the data set once and if a nursing home has reported more than one outbreak, only the first is included in these figures – it is not possible to know at from the data if the reported epidemics are still ongoing.

During the week ending May 10, 418 new outbreaks were reported, down from 699 the previous week.

However, while most regions reported falls, in the Southeast, the number of suspected or confirmed outbreaks reported increased from 103 to 118.

Nursing homes in the Northeast appear to have been the hardest hit by Covid-19 – almost half (48 CP) reported an epidemic.

This compares to a quarter in the Southwest.

Here are the figures for each Greater Manchester borough based on PHE data:

Bolt

Total number of cases: 21

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 37pc

New cases during the week ending May 10: 0

Bury

Total number of cases: 22

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 39pc

New cases during the week ending May 10: 0

Manchester

Total number of cases: 36

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 39pc

New cases in the week ending May 10: 1

Oldham

Total number of cases: 25

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 57pc

New cases during the week ending May 10: 0

Rochdale

Total number of cases: 21

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 36pc

New cases in the week ending May 10: 2

Salford

Total number of cases: 20

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 44pc

New cases during the week ending May 10: 0

Stockport

Total number of cases: 31

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 48pc

New cases during the week ending May 10: 0

Tameside

Total number of cases: 22

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 58pc

New cases in the week ending May 10: 1

Trafford

Total number of cases: 21

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 37pc

New cases in the week ending May 10: 2

Wigan

Total number of cases: 35

Percentage of nursing homes with cases: 64pc

New cases in the week ending May 10: 1

Greater Manchester has developed its own hospital-style alert system for nursing homes in response to the crisis.

It was written over the course of a week in April and was designed to report any potential concerns regarding outbreaks of coronaviruses and shortages of PPE.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said at his last weekly press conference that he was watching the situation “very closely”.

Separate figures released by the Quality Care Commission (CQC) last week show that almost 500 residents of nursing homes in the region died after contracting a coronavirus.

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