Third person dies as police continue to investigate ‘significant’ Covid outbreak at Sidmouth care home

A third person has died at a care home in Sidmouth where police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Covid-19 outbreak.

Police said they are waiting for post-mortem results on one of the deceased, while investigations concerning the other two who have died are continuing.

Public health chiefs say the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road, near Sidford, is ‘significant’ but there is no evidence it has spread to the wider community.

The force said it was progressing the investigation ‘as quickly as possible’ to safeguard the home’s residents and allay community concern.

Chief Superintendent Dan Evans, Devon and Cornwall Police north, east and west Devon commander, said: “I’ve no doubt there will be concern in the community regarding this incident and we are doing everything possible to help those bereaved families, while also working with partners to communicate to those with relatives remaining within the home.

“This is a complex investigation involving ourselves and multi-agency partners with safeguarding of residents at its core.

“There is significant work underway to understand the current situation and progress the investigation as quickly as possible, while maintaining the safety of care home residents, staff, police officers and partner agency staff.”

The force investigation is currently being led by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A multi-agency operation has been launched to maintain safeguarding of those residents in the home.

‘Devastated’ owners of the home in Fortescue Road, near Sidford, say the majority of residents and staff have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine.

Public Health Devon said it had been working closely with Devon County Council and the home to make sure that all the correct infection control measures were in place.

It said ‘everything possible’ was being done to control the outbreak and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

Public Health Devon said: “This is a significant outbreak in a care home, which we know will be very concerning for all its residents and their families, and staff within the home.”

Police investigation into ‘circumstances surrounding’ Covid outbreak at Sidmouth care home where two residents have died from virus

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