Number of Covid-19 deaths in Isle of Wight care homes nearly doubles in one week

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected, as well as with all care staff and NHS staff working hard to help save lives.

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Figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics show 22 people have now sadly died after testing positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) in care homes, at the hospice or at home – up by eight from the previous week’s statistics.

Data for residents who die in a care home, hospice or at home are not included in the daily figures released by NHS England, which relates only to deaths in hospital.

Care home deaths
Data collected the number of deaths which occurred by 8th May, but not registered until 16th May.

Eight new C19 deaths were registered at care homes on the Isle of Wight between 1st and 8th May, bringing the number up to 18 since the outbreak begun.

According to Public Health England a third of care homes on the Island have either had positive tests of Coronavirus or have reported symptoms.

Other settings
The figures for those who have died at home (three) or at the Hospice (one) after testing positive for Covid-19 remains the same.

Total deaths and confirmed cases
As of 20th May, 34 people had died in St Mary’s hospital, bringing the total number of fatalities after testing positive for Covid-19 to 56.

The number of lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Isle of Wight currently stands at 178.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected, as well as with NHS staff working hard to help save lives.


Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay home and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Thursday, 21st May, 2020 9:27am

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3 Comments on "Number of Covid-19 deaths in Isle of Wight care homes nearly doubles in one week"

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tony

The question that needs to be asked is has our hospital been seeding the infection into island care homes by discharging patients into them that haven’t been tested, or are COVID-19 positive?

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I had to spend the night in St Mary’s for a non-Covid reason last week, in the Green Zone. Initially, I was alarmed when 2 elderly ladies in my ward had swab tests. I enquired of the staff nurse why and she told me that they were due to return to homes but required a negative result first. They had also been pre-screened before being admitted to… Read more »
tony

It does. I’m sure things have tightened up in recent weeks, after the seeding of COVID infections into care homes was first reported.

Do we know from the island care homes that currently have COVID-19 infected patients how they became to be infected a few months back?