Seven Covid deaths confirmed at Sidmouth care home as police investigate ‘infection control and management’

Police have confirmed seven people have died from an outbreak of Covid-19 at a care home in Sidmouth.

Some 10 residents of Holmesley Care Home, in Sidford, are in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with the coronavirus.

Devon and Cornwall Police, continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak, said officers were focusing on infection control and management at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road.

Police said the investigation was ‘not related in any way’ to the vaccination of the residents living at the home.

A member of staff with Covid-19 who was being treated in hospital has been discharged, said police.

Officers have been speaking to staff at the home, and carried out a search of the premises this week.

The force confirmed a large number of the care home’s residents and staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “A total of seven deaths have now been reported at a care home in Sidford, East Devon, which are all believed to be related to an outbreak of Covid-19.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home.

“A significant number of residents and staff have tested positive with Covid-19 and there have now been seven deaths since Sunday 6 March.”

“Ten residents are being treated at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with Covid-19.

“The member of staff from the home who was being treated in hospital with Covid-19 has now been discharged.”

She added: “As part of the ongoing police investigation, officers are speaking to staff and conducted a search of the home earlier this week.

“The police investigation is currently focusing on infection control and management within the home.

“It is not currently related in any way to the vaccination of residents.”

Devon County Council and other partners are supporting the care home with additional management and staffing help while workers are self-isolating.

Residents and their families are being updated daily, police said.

The investigation is being led by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with a ‘multi-agency safeguarding response’.

Five Covid deaths confirmed at Sidmouth care home with ten residents and one staff member in hospital

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