ANOTHER resident at a city care home has died following a mass outbreak of coronavirus.

This brings the total number of deaths in St Stephen’s Care Home up to three.

Whilst another five members of staff have tested positive, which brings the total number of cases up to 56 - 33 residents and 23 staff.

Sam Cheekoory, chief operating officer at the home said: “The loss of our residents is felt deeply; and our thoughts and condolences are with the families of our beloved residents and all of those who have passed away due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our highest priority is the safety of each of our staff and residents who are in the home. We continue our work at the home and are working closely with our community partners, including Worcestershire County Council and the CCG, taking advice and adapting our ways around the advice of Public Health England.

“We understand that it is a concerning time, particularly for the elderly and those living with chronic medical conditions, who are most vulnerable to being affected by the complications of Covid-19.

“Preventative measures and enhanced isolation procedures are in place, alongside daily measures of all of our residents’ health status and mental wellbeing.

“Staff and residents are both tested on a regular basis, with all of those who have tested positive being in isolation.

“The home is operational, and we are incredibly thankful to our staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure that our residents continue to receive the care that they deserve.”

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, the director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “Sadly three residents at St. Stephen’s care home in Worcester have now died, following an outbreak of Covid-19.

“Currently 33 residents have tested positive and 23 staff. Outbreak management procedures are being followed, cases are isolating and visiting is restricted to essential visits only. Multi-agency support has been provided to the care home since the first positive cases were identified.”