Government has written to adult social care providers about the rise in coronavirus cases in care homes.
The letter, sent late last week, states that the first signs of a rise in COVID-19 cases in care homes is starting to be seen, however it is largely limited to staff who are testing positive, rather than residents. It goes on to say that it is vital that the spread from staff to residents is prevented as far as possible and that providers should be using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring staff get tested once a week as per the latest guidelines.
Thanking care providers for their efforts, the letter about the rise in coronavirus cases in care homes says, 'We would not be in a position to respond so quickly without your vital input to the capacity tracker and the domiciliary care tracker and your committed efforts to implement regular testing. By sharing this alert, we hope local organisations can now take the necessary action to prevent and limit outbreaks.
'We want to express our heartfelt thanks for your enormous efforts, care and vigilance to date. It is precisely these qualities that will stand us in good stead throughout the autumn and winter months.'
Looking ahead, the notice suggests that the adult social care sector can expect a Winter Plan 'shortly', which will 'set out the support and resources we will make available nationally, as well as describing the actions for local areas'.
The full letter regarding the rise in coronavirus cases in care homes can be read on the Government website.