16th June 2021

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Coronavirus cases confirmed in Carmarthenshire and Swansea care homes

SWANSEA Council has Five residential homes for older people, two of which have reablement beds for patients who have left hospital but are not quite well enough to return to home.

A spokesman said that there were three confirmed cases of Covid-19 within these settings, as of April 15.

A resident one of the council-run care home in Swansea has died after displaying coronavirus symptoms however the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Coronavirus cases have also been confirmed at council-run care homes in Carmarthenshire, as they have throughout many council and independent care homes in Wales and the UK.

Council chiefs praised the efforts of care home and domiciliary care staff, who help people in their homes with washing, dressing and administering medication, among other things.

The two councils also commented on the availability of person protective equipment (PPE), and the testing regime for the virus.

The Swansea Council spokesman said all authorities in Wales were facing “unprecedented challenges”.

He said: “In Swansea we have secured additional supplies of PPE to ensure our staff have the protective equipment they need.

“In addition we are also supporting independent care homes, including providing supplies of PPE.”

He said many residents in care homes had underlying health issues which made them very vulnerable to the virus.

“Sadly, one of our care home residents who had coronavirus symptoms has passed away, although we are unable to confirm the cause of death at this stage,” he said.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support residents, their families and staff across all our care homes.”

“All of our staff are provided with the appropriate safety equipment to protect them and residents, and we follow Government and Public Health Wales guidance at all times.”

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The council’s in-house domiciliary care service helps 164 people, while Carmarthenshire’s in-house service helps more than 300 people.

Carmarthenshire Council also has 10 residential care homes – three for children, one for adults with a learning disability and six for older people. Some staff are self-isolating for a range of reasons.

Jake Morgan, the council’s director of communities, said: “Sadly, in common with most of the sector across the UK, there are both suspected and confirmed cases in a number of care settings in Carmarthenshire.”

Personal protective equipment, he said, was being supplied in all of these settings in line with national guidance.

He added: “In recent days local testing arrangements have been put in place and this is proving effective, although we would hope to have a greater level of testing of care home residents in a home as the capacity to test grows nationally.”

Mr Morgan said the work of the frontline staff was “nothing short of extraordinary”.

He added: “With the support of community health colleagues, they are now caring for more people affected by the virus than many of our acute hospitals.

“We are enormously proud of them. Naturally all staff have a level of concern regarding their work in these extraordinarily challenging times.”

He said measures have been put in place to support those on the frontline, including enhanced rates of pay.

Mr Morgan said: “We are grateful for the increasing recognition this crucial workforce.”

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