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Coronavirus: 75 outbreaks in North Yorkshire care homes

Coronavirus: 75 outbreaks in North Yorkshire care homes

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:35am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 6:36am 11th May 2020)

There are 75 outbreaks of coronavirus in care homes in North Yorkshire. 

  • North Yorkshire County Council says as cases in hospitals have decreased, the number of care homes affected is increasing 
  • There have been 129 deaths of residents believed to have been from Covid-19
  • 77 residents died in the week 18th to 24th April, with additional deaths relating to earlier weeks
  • The council says "staff in health and adult services have worked round the clock to step up support" 
  • In response, a newly created team has started to make daily calls to the county's 235 care homes

North Yorkshire County Council there have been 129 deaths of residents believed to have been from Covid-19.  The authority's Director of Public Health, Dr Lincoln Sergeant, says detailed analysis shows 77 residents died in the week 18th to 24th April, with additional deaths relating to earlier weeks.  

Richard Flinton, North Yorkshire County Council's Chief Executive said: 

"This is a sobering and desperately difficult number which emphasises where our focus needs to be.

"For this reason our staff in health and adult services have worked round the clock to step up support to the care home sector and this week a newly created team has started to make daily calls to our 235 care homes and extra care settings and a second team is working with the homes around specific problems that they identify to us.

"There will also be a major effort in the coming days to test every person in every care home in order to help track down the disease and to help us to build a wall around those care homes that are currently Covid free."

The authority also says it is carrying on working to project vulnerable people in the community who are self-isolating. 23 community support organisations are dealing with something in the region of 5000 requests for support in an average week. 

Over the bank holiday weekend it had staff and volunteers on standby to help those who needed support.

Residents are being urged to check on their neighbours, particularly if they have helped somebody in the first few weeks of lockdown and haven't been in contact since.

People in need of help or who will need the County Council to support vulnerable friends and neighbours should call its customer service centre on 01609 780780. It is open seven days a week from 8am to 5:30pm including bank holidays.

More information can be found on the council's website.