15 Residents & 10 Staff Test Positive For Covid-19 At Dalbeattie Care Home

Following outbreaks of COVID-19, Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership have been working in close partnership with the operators of Alma McFadyen Care Centre in Dalbeattie and Fleet Valley Care Home in Gatehouse of Fleet to ensure all necessary plans and protocols are in place to manage the outbreak.


Very sadly, within the past week a resident at Alma McFadyen has died where COVID-19 was recorded as being present.


Thoughts are with the family and with staff at the care home during this difficult time.


Currently, a total of 15 residents and 10 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.


At Fleet Valley Care Home, a total of 18 residents and 32 staff have tested positive.


A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership said: “The operators of both these care homes in Stewartry have been faced with incredibly difficult situations, but full credit is due to the operators and their incredibly dedicated staff for the responses that have been mounted. 
“COVID-19 is very highly infectious, which means that containing its spread is not easy -even when it is being met with all the correct protocols. 
“The coronavirus can result in mild symptoms, and sometimes none at all, and this can mask its spread to more vulnerable individuals where it can pose a high degree of risk.  
“As we have noted, following the guidance around use of PPE such as face coverings, around physical distancing and good hygiene continues to be essential as we work to reduce the risk – but these are not by any means absolute guarantees of protection. 
“These tools are simply the best measures currently available to help reduce the risk as much as possible, and help limit the spread of the coronavirus which we know is present across all four localities in Dumfries and Galloway – Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire – and with evidence that it is being transmitted within the community. 
“Everyone is firmly encouraged to adhere to these directions. It is essential that anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID immediately self-isolates and arranges to be tested, and that they continue to self-isolate until they obtain a result: 
  • Raised temperature 
  • Continuous cough 
Change to or loss of sense of taste and/or smell. 

“The symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild, but this does not reduce the level of risk to others from what can be a deadly virus. If in any doubt at all, please immediately self-isolate, arrange to be tested and work with our Test and Protect team to help limit any further spread. 
“The responsibility rests with every one of us to do our part to try and limit the spread of coronavirus, and protect ourselves, our loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and communities.”  

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