AN Inverness care home has been hit by a major Covid outbreak as a total of 35 cases were confirmed.
NHS Highland revealed that 17 residents and 18 staff members had caught the bug at Meallmore Lodge near the city.
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Health and protect teams are now working with the nursing home to try and prevent the infection from spreading further.
Enhanced monitoring of staff and residents is set to be carried out while the virus remains prevalent.
NHS bosses confirmed that OAPs at the care home had received their first round of Covid vaccinations.
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But protection for members of the public after they’ve been given their jab can sometimes take up to two weeks.
Contact tracing has been carried out after the positive cases emerged at the Inverness residency – with anyone affected told to self-isolate.
NHS support teams are being made available to help the owners of the home while members of staff are in quarantine.
NHS Highland wrote: “NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team are working with health and social care colleagues, as well as local community nursing teams and local General Practitioners to support the care home and to try to prevent any further spread of Covid-19 within the care home and the wider community.
“Contact tracing has been undertaken with the affected staff members and all cases are isolating in keeping with national guidance.
“Outbreak control measures are in place and the required infection, prevention and control measures have been reinforced.
“An NHS Highland support team has also been made available to assist the owners of the home.”
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