FIVE residents at a Dumfries and Galloway care home have died from Covid-19, it has emerged.
A total of 16 residents and 28 staff at Fleet Valley Care Home, Gatehouse of Fleet, have tested positive for coronavirus amid a major outbreak.
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership said today that sadly five residents who tested positive have died from the virus.
It’s the second residency to be badly affected in Dumfries and Galloway since cases started rising again.
Earlier this week it was announced that a sixth resident at the Charnwood Lodge care home in Dumfries, nearly 30 miles away, had died from the virus.
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A spokesman said that following the Fleet Valley Care Home outbreak operators have been working in close partnership with health officials to ensure all necessary plans and protocols are in place.
He said: “Very sadly, following an initial death, a further four residents have now died where COVID was recorded as being present.
“This brings the total to five.”
He added: “This has been a very difficult situation, but we would note and give credit to the dedication of the operators of Fleet Valley and their extremely dedicated staff in their response.
“The highly infectious nature of COVID-19 means that containing its spread has not been easy.
“Once again, we have seen the coronavirus demonstrating just how highly-transmissible it is, even when it is being met with all the correct protocols.
“Covid-19 can result in mild symptoms, and sometimes none at all, and this can mask its spread to more vulnerable individuals where it can pose a high degree of risk.”
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