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Covid-19 death toll at three Highland care homes climbs to 19; the separate coronavirus outbreaks has claimed 10 lives at Castle Gardens in Invergordon, six in Kintyre House in Invergordon, and three residents at Fodderty House Care Home near Dingwall


By Philip Murray

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NINETEEN care home residents are now known to have died in Covid-19 outbreaks at three Ross-shire sites.

Sixteen of the deaths have been recorded at two Invergordon homes – Castle Gardens which has sadly lost 10 residents, and Kintyre House where six have passed away.

Three residents are also known to have died at Fodderty House Care Home.

Confirming the 10 deaths, and Covid infections among 15 residents and 17 staff Castle Gardens’ owner HC-One said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all families who have lost a loved one from coronavirus.

“We are working closely with our local health partners to respond to the outbreak. We continue to implement our infection control measures and we have the staff, PPE and equipment needed to protect Residents and Colleagues.

“Our Residents are our absolute priority and we are doing everything we can to support them to return to good health.”

Sanctuary Care, which runs Kintyre House, added: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that residents have passed away following the positive cases in the home. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those residents who have died.

“As our staff deal with the unprecedented challenges posed by this pandemic, we remain in regular contact with the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Directorate, as we have been throughout these difficult times, and continue to closely follow the detailed public health guidance being given to care homes across the United Kingdom.”

Meanwhile, confirming the 19 deaths at the three care homes, a spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The investigations into the deaths, under the direction of the Covid-19 Deaths Investigation Team (CDIT), is ongoing and the families will be updated in relation to any significant developments."

News of the grim death toll came as it emerged that a mass outbreak of Covid-19 at Meallmore Lodge Care Home, in Daviot, south of Inverness, had infected 17 of its residents and 18 staff.

Related news: Mass outbreak of coronavirus cases at care home south of Highland capital


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