Latest figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have shown the the numbers of deaths in care homes in the Hampshire Council area have risen throughout October and November. This is following a month where there were no Covid deaths at all.
According to The News Portsmouth, during the first spike of Covid earlier in the year, there were as many as 89 deaths in Hampshire care homes in one week. This matched a trend nationwide in care homes where deaths were up to 90 a day, however in the months of August and September these were at single figures.
A Hampshire County Council Spokeswoman, said: “We continue to do our utmost to ensure that robust safeguards remain in place across Hampshire’s care homes to protect our residents, visitors and staff.
“National guidance on precautionary measures to limit infections are being robustly applied and we are working collaboratively with key partners and representative organisations of the care sector issue frequent updates, guidance and continue to support all care home providers.
“Our public health team assess the local infection rates on a daily basis and work with relevant partners to understand the impact on care homes to ensure that prompt action can be taken, when required. Care homes have received national funding and additional support to maintain high standards of infection control and to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.”
The News Portsmouth states that the Hampshire County Council area has, in the past few weeks, seen the highest number of deaths since April when records began in England with a total of 466. The total in England now stands at 15,699.
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