Seven residents die in Scottish nursing home at center of coronavirus outbreak


A total of seven residents lost their lives in a Scottish nursing home in the center of a major coronavirus outbreak.NHS Lothian today confirmed the tragic increase in the death toll at Redmill Care Home in West Lothian, where a cluster of confirmed cases among residents and staff have been identified.

We previously reported on Tuesday that 53 people at the site had tested positive for the deadly virus, with three people believed to have died by that time.

The current total number of cases has not been revealed at this time.

A crisis team was put in place when the outbreak was initially identified and the house was closed to visitors.

All residents have been isolated and additional tests have been introduced as a response.

Dr Richard Othieno, Public Health Consultant, NHS Lothian and Chair of the Incident Management Team, said: ‘We are working closely with the nursing home, the West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP) and the Care Inspectorate to provide all the necessary support. includes advice from the West Lothian HSCP Nursing Home Support Team.

“Early action to isolate residents and start improved testing has allowed us to identify positive cases before they become symptomatic.

“Even without an epidemic, and without showing any of the classic symptoms of Covid-19, the residents of this care home are tested whether they seem at all sick or not in their usual state.

“As in all healthcare settings, staff are regularly tested every week through the UK’s national testing portal. This vigilance and the early introduction of enhanced infection control measures offer the best chance of limiting the spread of infection.

“Repeated rounds of tests on residents and staff are continuing and the situation is being monitored very closely.

“This outbreak is a reminder that even if you are not yet showing symptoms, you can still have COVID-19 and that is why self-isolation is crucial as soon as you have come into contact with a confirmed case.

“As part of infection control measures, the house was closed to visitors.

“We know it is difficult for residents and their loved ones, but there is a need to ensure that the outbreaks are brought under control as quickly as possible and we thank loved ones for their cooperation and understanding. “


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