Coronavirus outbreak causes 12 cases at elderly care home

Pitkerro Care Home confirmed five residents and seven staff have so far tested positive.

Care home: Owners praised the 'courage and commitment' of staff during the crisis.
Care home: Owners praised the 'courage and commitment' of staff during the crisis.

An outbreak of Covid-19 has hit an elderly care home in Dundee, with 12 confirmed cases so far.

Pitkerro Care Home on the outskirts of the city revealed on Tuesday night five residents and seven members of staff have been infected with the virus.

The victims are showing mild symptoms.

A spokesperson for the home said: “We know this will cause significant worry, especially amongst the friends and relatives of our residents and staff, but we remain committed to doing all we can to mitigate the risks.

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“Five residents and seven members of staff have tested positive for the virus. At the moment, they are all only showing mild symptoms. We are pleased to see that some of their symptoms are also improving.

“That said, we will not be complacent, and have already taken quick and decisive action to prevent transmission.”

The home has capacity for 70 residents and is owned by Hudson Healthcare. It specialises in Alzheimer’s care for over 65s.

The spokesman added: “In line with Public Health Scotland guidance, we have upgraded the personal protective equipment provided to staff.

‘Together, we will beat this virus.’

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“Similarly, we are enforcing isolation and social distancing rules more stringently in the best interests of our residents and staff.

“Our approach is kept constantly under review in partnership with Dundee City Council, Public Health Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

“Throughout this crisis, we have been blown away by the courage and commitment of our staff.

“We know this will continue so that our residents can continue to receive the best possible care. Together, we will beat this virus.”

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