Bosses of a Richmond care home which has suffered a deadly coronavirus outbreak have paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of staff.
Four residents of The Terrace, in the town’s Maison Dieu, have sadly died having tested positive for Covid-19.
However, currently no residents in the home are showing symptoms of the virus.
The Terrace is owned by Care UK, which has 110 homes across the UK.
Regional director Dianna Coy said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of these residents at this sad time.
“Our team at The Terrace continues to show incredible dedication and commitment to supporting residents and each other throughout these challenging times. I am extremely grateful to them for delivering the very best care in such a kind and professional way.
“We continue to work to the strictest infection control measures to ensure our residents and colleagues are kept safe.
“Visits to the home are limited to essential visits from health care professionals and others necessary to deliver care. We have control processes in place to ensure anyone who comes into the home, including our own team, is screened via a health and temperature check.
“We have access to a full supply of personal protective equipment which the team is using in line with Public Health England and NHS guidance. Any residents showing the slightest symptoms of the virus are being isolated and nursed by a technique known as barrier nursing.”
A family member of a current Terrace resident also paid tribute to the staff.
They said: “We have every faith that the staff in the Terrace are doing everything they can.
“They must be under immense pressure.
“For the staff it must be like losing multiple members of their family.”
Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics show that 31 people had died with Covid-19 in Richmondshire up until May 8, including ten in care homes in the district.
There have now been 128 confirmed cases of the virus in Richmondshire, giving a rate of 240.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to separate Public Health England statistics.