Fourth Scottish care home reports deaths in coronavirus outbreak
A care home in Scotland has become the fourth such facility to report deaths following suspected coronavirus cases.
Five elderly residents have died at Almond Court in Drumchapel, Glasgow, in recent days, according to The Scottish Sun.
One staff member is also reportedly ill at the 42-bed care home.
The Care Inspectorate confirmed that residents had died at the home following suspected Covid-19 cases with workers in contact with the care service.
A spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the tragic death of residents at this care home as a result of suspected cases of Covid-19.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those affected as well as the staff and wider community of the home.
“We have been notified of the circumstances and we are in contact with the care service and the local health and social care partnership during this difficult time.
“All of Scotland’s social care sector is working under very difficult circumstances to care for people during the pandemic and the Care Inspectorate is doing all it can to support them.”
Almond Court is operated by the Holmes Care Group.
It comes after similar outbreaks reported at three other homes in Scotland.
Nine elderly residents reportedly died at Tranent Care Home in East Lothian; eight others died after showing symptoms at Castle View care home in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire; and 13 residents died at Burlington Court care home in Glasgow.
Tranent and Castle View are owned by HC-One, whereas Burlington Court is run by Four Seasons.