13 care home residents die after suspected COVID-19 outbreak

Thirteen residents at a Glasgow care home have died in the space of a week after a suspected outbreak of coronavirus.

The residents, all with underlying health conditions, lived at Burlington Court Care Home.

Two of its staff members are being treated in separate hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19.

Four Seasons Health Care, which runs Burlington Court, said it had “strict protocols on infectious diseases” in place including social distancing during “these exceptional circumstances”.

Because tests are only carried out if someone is admitted to hospital, it is not known for certain whether those who died had coronavirus.

The health of other residents and staff is being closely monitored, the company said.

The home has access to personal protective equipment and GPs have been visiting and providing medical support over the phone.

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A Four Seasons Health Care spokesperson said in a statement: “With deep sadness we can confirm that 13 residents at Burlington Care Home have passed away over the past seven days.

“Our condolences are with their families and we are providing them with our ongoing support during this difficult time.

“The passing of a loved one is always traumatic irrespective of the circumstances.”

They added: “We are sincerely grateful for the dedication of our colleagues and can assure our residents and their families that we are putting all our resources and energy into supporting and protecting everyone in our homes.”