Third confirmed death at Skye care home with major outbreak

30 residents and 27 staff have tested positive for Covid-19 at the home.

Another resident has died at a care home hit by a significant outbreak of coronavirus on the Isle of Skye.

Yesterday it was confirmed that 30 residents and 27 staff at Home Farm in Portree had tested positive for the disease.

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The news means the death toll at the care home now stands at three.

The news means the death toll at the care home now stands at three.

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Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said that all residents at Home Farm have been isolated, and staff who have tested positive must self-isolate for a week.

It comes as a military-run mobile testing unit was launched on the island yesterday to begin contact tracing.

NHS Highland and Highland Council said Home Farm had put in place extra staffing, and the health board had made available a support team.

Dr Ken Oates, director of public health at NHS Highland, said: “There is no evidence at this stage that Covid-19 infection has spread further into the community.

“The measures that have been put in place will support us in ensuring, as best as we can, that the outbreak is contained as possible.”

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