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Dear Friends,
I am writing to you with sadness to confirm that two members of staff at Home of Comfort have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
This is a message we have been hoping not to send, but this is a situation which was probably bound to happen sooner or later, as local infection rates have been creeping up.
We have done our best to speak with at least one contact for everybody currently living at the Home, but can only apologise to those we haven’t been able to reach. At the moment, there is a lot that we don’t know, but we felt it is very important to us that we let you know what the situation is. As always we would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns that you have.
The positive test results came as part of our routine ‘whole home’ testing, which involves testing all staff every week. These two individuals had no symptoms, and thankfully both continue to feel well, though they will be isolating at home for the full 10 day period. Their working pattern means that they have not been at the Home at the same time as each other during the previous 2 week and all other staff have tested negative. The most likely scenario appears to be that these people separately picked up the virus elsewhere (in what PHE call ‘community acquired infection’).
Public Health England have arranged for all staff and residents at the Home to be tested again over the next 48 hours. These will be ‘pillar 1’ tests, which will be processed at the lab at QA Hospital, so we should receive results more quickly than from our usual testing.
Our hope is that on Monday we can obtain further advice from PHE, and from our local care home support teams, and we expect to be able to update you all again on Monday.
If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to ask.

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