All residents isolating after Covid-19 outbreak at Glenisla Care Home in Keith
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RESIDENTS at a Keith care home have been forced into isolation due to an outbreak of Covid-19.
A number of staff members and residents at the town's Glenisla Care Home have tested positive for the virus.
There was also an outbreak at the home last summer, with a resident dying with Covid-19.
Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes, confirmed the latest outbreak.
He said: "A number of staff at Glenisla tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month. In line with standard procedures, they were required to isolate at home on full pay. The vast majority of those staff have now returned to work.
"However, following further tests last week, some residents and a number of other staff tested positive.
"All residents are being kept in isolation during this time and regular deep cleaning is being carried out throughout the home to minimise any risk of further infection. Again, those staff affected are isolating at home on full pay.
"Relatives are being kept updated and we are continuing to liaise with Public Health Scotland. The safety and welfare of our residents and staff is our top priority.
“I want to thank our hard-working staff for everything they are doing to support our residents and their families. They have battled this invisible virus for almost a year and it has been a hugely challenging and emotional time for everyone."
Earlier today, it was announced that a community Covid-19 testing unit would open up at the Scout Hall on Fife Street in Keith.
Moray Council is encouraging those without symptoms to get tested in a bid to reduce case numbers and minimise the likelihood of the virus spreading to places like Glenisla Care Home.
Mr Taylor added: "I welcome the decision to open a community Covid testing site in Keith.
"This will hopefully reduce the spread of the virus in the wider community and give the public peace of mind."
The Keith and Fife Keith 'neighbourhood area' has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in Moray, with a total of 26 cases confirmed within the last week.