12 cases of coronavirus at Dundee elderly care home

Both residents and staff are infected

An outbreak of Covid-19 has taken hold at an elderly care facility in Dundee, with a dozen confirmed cases so far.

Pitkerro Care Home, announced on Tuesday evening that five residents and seven staff members had been infected.

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‘Mild symptoms’

Pitkerro Care Home in Dundee.

A spokesperson for the privately-owned facility, which specialises in Alzheimer’s care, said: “At the moment, they are all only showing mild symptoms.

“We are pleased to see that some of their symptoms are also improving.

“That said, we will not be complacent, and have already taken quick and decisive action to prevent transmission.

‘Blown away by the courage’

The home, which has room for 70 residents, said it was upgrading the personal protective equipment its staff used, in line with Public Health Scotland guidance.

The spokesperson said it would enforce isolation and social distancing more stringently, and said its efforts were “constantly under review in partnership with Dundee city Council, Public Health Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

“Throughout this crisis, we have been blown away by the courage and commitment of our staff.

“We know this will continue so that our residents can continue to receive the best possible care. Together, we will beat this virus.”

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