CASES of COVID-19 at a care home in the region are being monitored very closely. A range of infection prevention measures are in place at Fleet Valley Care Home on Fleet Road at Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway.
A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Throughout the ongoing COVID pandemic our priority has been minimising the risk to the most vulnerable people within our communities, including care home residents.
“A significant concern at present is Fleet Valley Care Home, where there are a number of cases of COVID-19 amongst residents and staff. Regular testing takes place at all care homes within the region, but this highly transmissible virus can still pose a risk despite regular testing and the correct protocols being observed.
“All visits and admissions to the home have been suspended in response to the outbreak. A number of additional robust infection prevention measures are in place to help stem transmission of the virus.
“We are continuing to offer our full support to the team at Fleet Valley Care Home and everyone affected by this challenging situation.”
In line with the rest of Scotland, confirmed cases of COVID have increased in Dumfries and Galloway over recent weeks.
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 shops and on public transport, keeping a distance from others and not meeting up in each others’ households can help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect ourselves, our loved ones, neighbours, colleagues and communities.