A Dumfries and Galloway CARE home has now fully reopened – with an outbreak of COVID-19 having now been resolved.
Singleton Park Care Home in Courance had been closed to transfers and new admissions as part of a response to the identification of cases of the coronavirus.
As soon as the outbreak developed, immediate action was taken including additional testing, a full decontamination of the home and implementing a number of additional robust infection control measures.
A total of 11 people across staff and residents tested positive during the course of the pandemic, and one resident sadly died within 28 days of a positive test.
With the required period of 14 days having now elapsed with no further transmission of the virus, Singleton Park Care Home fully reopened today, Wednesday October 13.
This outbreak has demonstrated again how highly transmissible the COVD-19 virus is.
Everyone should be conscious that COVID-19 can result in mild symptoms, and sometimes none at all. This can mask its spread to more vulnerable individuals where it can pose a very significant risk.
Following the guidance around appropriate wearing of face coverings, hand hygiene, considering our social interactions, regular testing and getting vaccinated remain vital in reducing risk – but these are by no means an absolute guarantee of protection. These tools are quite simply the best measures which currently exist to help reduce the risk as much as possible, and help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Raised temperature
- New, continuous cough
Change to or loss of sense of taste and/or smell.
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.