Following a COVID-19 outbreak, Dumfries and the Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership worked closely with the operators of Belmont Care Home in Stranraer to ensure all necessary plans and protocols are in place to manage the epidemic.

Very unfortunately, over the past week two more residents of Belmont have died where COVID-19 has been recorded as being present, bringing the total to four.

Our hearts go out to the families and staff of the nursing home during this difficult time.

Currently, a total of 12 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded among residents and staff.

A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership said: “The operator of this care home has faced a difficult and very difficult situation, but all credit goes to them and their very dedicated staff to help them. responses that have been provided. .
“COVID-19 is very infectious, which means it’s not easy to contain its spread – even when followed with all the proper protocols, including regular testing and vaccinations.
“The coronavirus can cause mild symptoms, and sometimes none, and this can mask its spread to more vulnerable people where it can present a high degree of risk.
“As we have noted, following advice on the use of PPE such as face coverings, on social, good hygiene and vaccination continues to be essential as we work to reduce the risk – but this are in no way absolute guarantees of protection.
Currently, coronavirus cases are still recorded in large numbers in the four localities of Dumfries and Galloway – Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire – and with evidence that it is transmitted within the community.

“It is essential that anyone with any of the following symptoms of COVID immediately self-isolates and prepares to be tested, and that they continue to self-isolate until they get a result. :

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
Change or loss of sense of taste and / or smell.

“The symptoms of COVID-19 may be mild, but that does not reduce the level of risk to others from what can be a deadly virus. If in doubt, please immediately self-isolate, arrange to be tested, and work with our Test and Protect team to help limit any further spread.

“It is up to each of us to do our part to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus and to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, our colleagues and our communities. “

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