Care home staff believe they are beating COVID-19

  • Chris Easom
  • May 19, 2020

Forty-five percent of all coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland have been in care homes – far higher than the 25% in England and Wales. But the number fell last week for the first time and one facility in County Armagh has beaten the odds to record an 86% recovery rate. Twenty-nine of their residents tested positive for Covid-19 but 25 of them have made a full recovery. The support of an acute team from the local hospital and testing have been critical, according to home manager Patricia Purvis. She said: “We found a lot of our residents were just off their food for a few days, generally not feeling well. In the early stages, we were asking for these people to be swabbed for early detection. I think that has helped a lot.”