CASES of COVID associated with a care home in the region have prompted an immediate response.
Admissions and transfers are currently suspended at Lydiafield Care Home in Annan, as action is taken around additional testing and decontamination.
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership note an excellent response from the care home operators, but that the outbreak demonstrates again how highly transmissible the COVID-19 virus is.
Cases of COVID-19 are present right across the region, but regular testing is taking place for staff and residents at care homes.
In response to the identification of 14 cases among staff and residents at Lydiafield Care Home, a multi-disciplinary team established through the Health and Social Care Partnership is providing advice and support to the care home operators.
Cases of COVID have remained stubbornly high in Dumfries and Galloway over recent weeks, and have been identified right across the region.
It is essential that anyone who experiences an increased temperature, continuous cough and loss of or changes to sense of taste and/or smell immediately self-isolates and arranges to be tested for COVID. Self-isolation is crucial until a result is provided, so as to ensure that any further spread of the coronavirus is limited.
No one should be blamed for developing COVID, but it is everyone’s responsibility to minimise the risk and to immediately take the correct action if they become symptomatic.
Maintaining good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering in indoor public areas and on public transport, together with vaccination and regular testing can help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect ourselves, our loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and communities.