The number of Coronavirus cases in care homes in Stoke-on-Trent is among the lowest in the country.
The city has 85 homes for younger adults and older people that are registered by the Care Quality Commission.
Latest figures from Public Health England show that 26.1 per cent of those homes have recorded an outbreak of the virus, compared to 39.3 per cent in the West Midlands and 40.8 per cent across England. The figures for Stoke-on-Trent are the 10th lowest percentage in the whole country.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Abi Brown said: “Any instance of Coronavirus is of course deeply upsetting and unsettling, and we know that there have unfortunately been a small number of deaths in city care homes, as there have been deaths in other homes across the country. But it is really encouraging to see how targeted support and the steps that providers are taking themselves is making such a significant difference in helping to contain and limit the spread of this horrid disease. Staff in care homes have worked around the clock in extremely challenging circumstances and I want to pass on my huge thanks for what they have done.
“The homes in our city cover a wide spectrum of needs. Some are residential homes and some nursing homes. Some are specialist homes that support people with a learning disability and with their mental health.
“We cannot express how grateful we are to those in homes across the city for the work they’ve done and to the support of staff and wider partners in this area . It is clear that the situation to date could have been much worse without the dedicated staff going that extra mile to look after those in their care.
“We speak daily to care providers and since late March this has included helping local operational responses, such as support with personal protective equipment, ensuring that there are appropriate staffing levels and providing infection control advice and intensive support through our home care support team.
“We also regularly talk to all care home registered managers every day, to monitor Covid-19 incidences, infection control procedures, staffing levels, testing utilisation, and PPE supplies, with appropriate actions put in place as required.
“Support provided has ranged from advice and guidance, to resolving very practical issues at the beginning of the crisis such as officers going out to get groceries and personal hygiene supplies for homes and residents, and sourcing hard to get items such as thermometers so that homes had sufficient basic equipment to manage infection.”