Three other residents of a Liverpool cae house shaken by a coronavirus epidemic have unfortunately died.
The three residents of the Oak Springs nursing home died over the weekend, which means that nine people who lived at The Wavertree facilities have died since last Sunday.
One of those who died this weekend tested positive for the virus and two other residents remain in critical condition in hospital and show symptoms of the disease, although testing has not yet confirmed its presence .
A staff member also tested positive for the virus, having been swabbed because his partner works for the NHS.
She is now isolated at home.
Oak Springs was plunged into chaos last weekend, when two residents died on Sunday, March 29.
The manager of the home, Andrew Lyon, then launched a desperate call for help to the Echo, revealing that around two thirds of his staff were sick while the home was fighting the epidemic of Covid-19.
She said she was overwhelmed since by offers of support and personnel from local populations, retired health workers and city council – who said things had stabilized at home late last week.
Unfortunately, the home continues to be struck by tragedy – more vulnerable residents succumbing to the virus.
Ms. Lyon said: “We are fighting and I cannot say enough good things about my team.
“They are under great pressure and help from the public and our NHS and board partners is welcome.
“We baked pretty cakes that made us smile.
“Hygiene remains a key priority and I am especially grateful to the team at Fitwell, a local uniform company, for providing us with free uniforms. It’s Liverpool at its best. “
The situation in Oak Springs is not unique – many other nursing homes and their residents are threatened by the threat of coronavirus.
L’Echo is looking forward to hearing from staff and loved ones affected by the coronavirus in nursing homes in the Merseyside area, please contact email@example.com
Last week, thirteen residents of Burlington Court Cate Home in Glasgow unfortunately died.
Liverpool Wavertree MP Paula Barker is working on the situation in Oak Springs and has raised concerns that the entire social welfare sector in the country is a “time bomb”.
She said, “We need to get the tests that front-line staff desperately need.
“Social care staff should be treated the same as NHS workers, residents of these care homes should be tested and the government should come up with a national strategy for our care homes.”
“We cannot let the most vulnerable in our society waste away.”