Coronavirus: No new Harrogate care home outbreaks for three weeks

Coronavirus: No new Harrogate care home outbreaks for three weeks

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 6:53am 22nd June 2020.

New figures reveal no new COVID-19 cases at district's care homes

  • There have been no new coronavirus outbreaks at care homes across the Harrogate district.
  • 34 care homes have seen a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case since 9 March.
  • However, week commencing 25 May, there have been no new outbreaks.

Care homes in Harrogate have reported no new coronavirus outbreaks for three weeks in a row, latest figures show.

Thirty-four of the 71 care homes – which includes residential homes, nursing homes, rehabilitation units and assisted living units – have seen a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 outbreak since March 9.

This equates to 47.9 per cent of the facilities in the borough.

But the good news is that no new outbreaks have been recorded since the week commencing 25 May.

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As of June 5, there have been a total of 83 deaths linked to the virus in the district’s care homes.

This is four more than the 79 coronavirus deaths that have been confirmed at Harrogate District Hospital.

Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said a lack of rapid testing from the government put care homes in a “really difficult and challenging position” at the peak of the pandemic.

But where testing has been made available, it has been used to segregate infected and non-infected staff and residents.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, director of public health for North Yorkshire, saidmini lockdowns” have also been imposed on some care homes to control outbreaks:

“We try to ensure that there is no movement in and out of that care home until we have the situation under control.

“Part of what we do sometimes is to test the whole setting because we know that a number of cases may not develop symptoms in the classical way.

“We try to pick up all the cases we can and within care home settings we segregate the cases from those who are free from infection.

“If we do those things well, that is probably going to be the pattern we will continue to see”.