Owen Mor nursing home on the Culmore Road
A resident at Owen Mor Care Centre in Derry who contracted COVID-19 has sadly passed away, the Derry News has learned.
On Monday the Culmore Road facility, which cares for around 80 people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental disorders, confirmed that six residents on the same unit had the virus.
Now, in a statement to the Derry News a spokesperson shared the sad news that one of those residents has died.
She said: "We sadly had a resident pass.
"The Home has been calm overnight and again this morning. Management are focused on safe staffing levels, supported by WHSCT to ensure safe and effective care.
"Intensive monitoring is ongoing of residents with confirmed COVID-19 and of all others. The number of residents with confirmed COVID-19 is 5. Even though this is a cruel, serious infectious disease, we are observing some positive changes.
"Staff of all grades and roles remain vigilant and as dedicated as ever."
On the 27 March, six residents in one unit of the Home, tested positive for Coronavirus.
A spokesperson said observations have been in place for early detection of signs and swift action was taken to notify GPs, PHA, WHSCT and RQIA.
The home is treating the situation with the utmost seriousness and strict infection prevention and control measures are in place.
Residents affected and those not affected are being isolated supported by staff. All staff within the Home have been informed and contact has been made with all residents next of kin.
"We appreciate that this is a very worrying time for families and we wish to reassure them that our staff are committed to their loved ones and we are doing everything that we possibly can," she added.
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