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Probe at care home

- MELANIE BONN

An outbreak of COVID-19 at a Perth care home has led to deaths after close to 30 residents and staff tested positive.

The incident at the 40-bed Strathtay Care Home in Harley Place, in the North Muirton area of Perth, has triggered an investigat­ion.

A total of 18 residents and 13 staff have contracted coronaviru­s, although only six residents are still considered to be positive.

Bosses from the company running the home, HC One, confirmed there had been a number of COVID-related deaths, although they did not say how many.

The PA understand­s there were fewer than five.

The HC One website for Strathtay House makes no mention of the recent outbreak, but said it had “temporaril­y paused”new resident admissions at the home.

A Perth and Kinross Council spokespers­on confirmed it was involved in an investigat­ion with the local social care partnershi­p and NHS Tayside’s public health team.

“Enhanced infection prevention and control measures are in place at the care home and residents are being closely monitored,”she said.

“Contact tracing has been completed and all close contacts have been identified and given appropriat­e advice.

“A programme of immediate testing for staff and residents has also been carried out, in addition to the routine weekly staff testing.”

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

She said:“Our residents are our absolute priority and we are doing everything we can to support the remaining six positive residents to return to good health.

She added:“We have worked closely with our local health partners including NHS Tayside to respond to the outbreak and the home has been closed to non-essential visitors and admissions.”

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