Residents of Borders care home test positive for Covid-19

A care home in the Borders has introduced new infection control procedures after vulnerable residents and staff were confirmed to have coronavirus.

Extra support is being given to Saltgreens Care Home, in Eyemouth, which is council-run and has 34 residents.

Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being used by staff at all times and residents are being encouraged to self-isolate, with regular checks throughout the day and night.

The authorities say there are no other recorded cases of Covid-19 amongst care home residents in the Scottish Borders at this time.

Scottish Borders Council’s Chief Executive Tracey Logan said: “We understand this will be an anxious time for families of Saltgreens residents but I would reiterate that stringent control measures are being undertaken to minimise the risk of infection.

“We have been working with colleagues from NHS Borders’ Infection Control team and they are confident that staff are working to the required standards.

“We will continue to follow the correct procedures and guidance to support the health and wellbeing of Saltgreens’ residents and staff at this time.”

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