Hospitalisation and mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic has been concentrated in older adults, with devastating outbreaks occurring in care home settings.
There is heightened awareness of care homes as settings with increased COVID-19 risk, but until now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as health officials in west Cheshire have welcomed the news that care homes across the borough are now free from Covid-19 infections.
However, with the welcome news comes the message for everyone to remain vigilant and prevent the virus from returning. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, health and social care officers with Cheshire West and Chester Council have been working alongside NHS partners to support the borough’s care homes.
Recent weeks have seen the partners working to support the mass rollout of vaccinations to care home residents and staff across the borough. Figures reveal that 99 percent of care home residents in the borough have now been vaccinated. Most recently, the Council and its partners have supported the re-introduction of visits from a single loved one as lockdown eases.
Now, infection prevention and control experts with the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have revealed that there are no current outbreaks in the borough’s care homes.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director of Public Health, Ian Ashworth, said:
According to council health officials, care homes will require ongoing intense vigilance to control outbreaks, and those visiting a care home resident must continue to follow all infection prevention and control measures, including having a lateral flow test beforehand, wear PPE and avoid close contact.
For more information and updates on coronavirus in Cheshire West, visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk