A care home in Wickford has confirmed that one of their residents who tested positive for COVID-19 has sadly died.
Another also tested positive, but is “recovering well” at The Grange residential care home on Southend Road near the high street in Wickford, Essex.
Furthermore, a total of six staff have tested positive for coronavirus and are currently self-isolating from colleagues and residents.
The care home, run by Runwood Homes who manage more than 25 homes across Essex, offers later life living facilities, including dementia care.
A Runwood Homes spokesperson said: “We can confirm, there are currently six members of the staff team within our service who have tested positive for COVID-19, and are self-isolating.
“We have no residents within the home with confirmed COVID-19, though we do have a small number of residents responding well to prescribed antibiotic treatment, following a chest infection diagnosis by medical professionals.
“Two residents who were taken to hospital tested positive for COVID-19, of which one sadly passed away due to underlying health conditions and the other, we’re pleased to report, is recovering well.”
The home has reassured the public that they have ample personal protective equipment.
The statement adds: “Residents are continuing to receive person-centred care around the clock by our wonderful colleagues, with robust infection prevention and control measures in place, with sufficient PPE stock, used in line with Public Health England guidelines at all times.
The Harlow care home said a further 11 residents had recently died but it was ‘not clear’ whether they had coronavirus due to a ‘lack of testing’.
Nationally, it’s suggested that the number of deaths from COVID-19 in care homes is much higher than is being reported.
NHS England currently only publish related deaths within hospitals, and there is not a clear number available for the amount of deaths from the virus inside care homes.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has assured that these figures will be made public “very shortly”.
The Care Quality Commission began collecting coronavirus data from care homes since April 16.