Third resident dies with coronavirus at Skye care home

A total of 30 residents and 27 members of staff have contracted Covid-19 at Home Farm in Portree.

Three residents have died at a coronavirus-hit care home in Skye.

A total of 30 residents at Home Farm in Portree were confirmed on Monday as having tested positive for Covid-19, including two who later died.

On Tuesday, operator HC-One said there had been a third death.

There are also 27 members of staff who have contracted coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for the home said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families who have lost a loved one from coronavirus and we are doing our utmost to support them during this difficult time.

“We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest Government guidance.

“We are working closely with our local health and care partners and we have secured the medical equipment, PPE and supplies we need to protect residents and colleagues alike.

“Whilst a number of colleagues are away unwell or self-isolating, we have had the team members required to safely care for all residents, with additional support being drawn from our other Scottish homes and the senior regional team.”

The GMB union has previously called for an investigation into the premises.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said on Monday there is enough PPE to protect workers and residents at the home.

A military mobile testing unit has been deployed to the island. 

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