Covid cases identified at Buckie care home
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A NUMBER of Covid cases have been identified at a Buckie care home.
A small number of staff and residents at Parklands and Burnbank Care Home have been confirmed as having the virus, with isolation measures in place to contain any possible spread of the infection.
Parklands Cares Homes managing director Ron Taylor said: "Following routine in-house testing of residents and staff at Parklands Care Home in Buckie, a number of suspected Covid-19 cases were identified.
"Follow up tests were carried out by Public Health and several residents and employees were confirmed as having Covid-19.
"In line with national guidelines, all residents are being isolated in their rooms and are receiving the highest quality care from our professional team who are doing everything possible to ensure their comfort and well-being.
"We are continuing to monitor the health of our residents and relatives are being regularly updated. All visits to Parklands have been suspended but we are making every effort to ensure that residents maintain contact with their loved ones through phone and video calls.
"Our employees are currently at home self-isolating and we look forward to welcoming them back to work in due course.
"We are in regular dialogue with the Care Inspectorate and Public Health officials and we continue to implement best practice infection prevention and control guidelines. There is nothing more important to us than the health and well being of our residents and staff."
Mr Taylor went on to praise the staff at all of the Parklands care homes for the dedication over the past few "difficult" months.
"The past year has been incredibly demanding for everyone, not least for our hard working care staff, who have shown tremendous dedication to their residents throughout the pandemic.
"I could not be prouder of the team at Parklands and I know that, while they will be upset at this news, they will have the health and well-being of their residents uppermost in their minds.
“This is a reminder that we are dealing with a highly contagious virus, made more virulent by the emergence of a new strain, and that Covid remains a threat to care homes and to the wider community, despite the roll out of the vaccine.”