THE safety of residents and staff will remain the “utmost concern” as it’s revealed coronavirus-related deaths in Hampshire care homes have started to increase again.
Following a month with no Covid-19 deaths in care homes in the Hampshire County Council area, latest figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showed numbers have risen through October and November, writes Fiona Callingham of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Between 7th and 13th November there were six Covid-related deaths, and the previous week there were three. There were two from 17th to 23rd October, and on 25th September there was one.
Before then, the last Covid death was on 26th August, and weekly figures remained low after June.
During the first spike of Covid there were as many as 89 deaths in Hampshire care homes in one week.
This matches the trend nationwide where coronavirus deaths are now up to 90 a day – but in August and September these were at single figures.
A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “We continue to do our utmost to ensure that robust safeguards remain in place across Hampshire’s care homes to protect our residents, visitors and staff.
“National guidance on precautionary measures to limit infections are being robustly applied and we are working collaboratively with key partners, and representative organisations of the care sector issue frequent updates, guidance and continue to support all care home providers.
“Our public health team assess the local infection rates on a daily basis and work with relevant partners to understand the impact on care homes to ensure that prompt action can be taken, when required.
“Care homes have received national funding and additional support to maintain high standards of infection control and to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.”