Second Covid death at Devon care home under police investigation

A second death has tragically been confirmed at a Devon care home which is currently at the centre of a police and health investigation, following an extensive outbreak of coronavirus.

Holmesley Care Home in Fortescue Road, Sidmouth, has refused to disclose how many of its residents and staff have tested positive for Covid-19, or why it is under investigation by the authorities.

However, it is believed that confirmed case numbers have risen since it was reported by Devon Live earlier this week that as many as 33 alleged positive tests were recorded in the space of three days.

The latest death has occurred within the past 24 hours and is it thought that the resident was receiving end of life care before being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Holmesley Care Home in Sidmouth
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Residents and staff at the care home had already received their first vaccination, and it is believed they were due their second vaccination this weekend. The care home had 42 residents living there in September 2020.

Today it was confirmed that an investigation has been launched by police alongside health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the outbreak.

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A spokesperson for Welford Healthcare, the owner of Holmesley Care Home, said: “I can confirm that we are currently dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus in the home and that sadly, two residents have passed away from the virus.

“They will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this challenging time.

“The vast majority of our residents and our staff team have received their first dose of the vaccine and we hope this may have helped prevent an even worse situation.

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“Of the residents and staff who tested positive, the majority have shown either no symptoms, or mild symptoms only. We continue to monitor the situation closely, and are doing everything in our power to ensure residents receive the appropriate care.

“For nearly 12 months our staff team has worked incredibly hard to keep the virus from entering our home. We are therefore devastated by this outbreak and are committed to working closely with all the relevant authorities to halt the spread of infection and to investigate how the virus entered our home.

“We continue to follow all Public Health England advice on infection prevention and control.”

Detective chief inspector Matthew Bourne, of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Public Protection Unit, said earlier today: “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Covid-19 outbreak at Holmesley Care Home in Sidford involving a number of residents and staff.

“The investigation is being led by the police in partnership with the Care Quality Commission.”

Devon Live