Eighteen Northamptonshire care home residents died last week from Covid-19.
Figures released today (May 5) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that between Monday, April 27 and Friday, May 1, 18 people tragically lost their lives to the contagion which has affected a fifth of care homes in the county. This brings the total number of Covid-19 care home deaths in Northamptonshire since the pandemic began to sixty. Northampton and East Northants are the areas that have recorded the most outbreaks in care homes.The number of deaths last week is exactly the same as the previous working week (April 20-24). No deaths were recorded on the weekend of April 25 and 26. In total 50 deaths were recorded in Northamptonshire care homes from Monday to Friday last week.
The director of adult social care at Northamptonshire county council Anna Earnshaw said the authority, which is leading Northamptonshire’s urgent response to the pandemic, was working with partners to make sure measures are in place to keep residents and staff as safe as possible.
She said: “Firstly I would like to send condolences to the friends and family of anyone who has lost their life due to Covid-19. Unfortunately care homes by their very nature are a high risk given that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk from this virus.
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“For that reason adult social services alongside Public Health England, the CCG and CQC worked quickly from the outset of the pandemic to put in place measures to help keep both customers and staff as safe as possible – this remains our priority. A ‘Provider and Care Home’ hub has been in place since then to support all providers with help, advice and additional support. This has since become national best practice and has been mandated nationally as a requirement in all areas.”
Elm Bank care home in Kettering and Brockfield House in Stanwick are among the homes where residents have sadly died due to coronavirus.
Latest Government figures show that 289 people have died in the county’s two acute hospitals in Kettering and Northampton since the outbreak of the vicious virus.
The total number of people who have been admitted, treated for Covid-19 and discharged is not publicly known, as the Northamptonshire health bodies will not release the information due to ‘national guidelines’
The UK now has the highest virus death rate in Europe with 32,375 recorded deaths.
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