Scottish care homes cases starting to fall

The 7 Day Average, being used extensively elsewhere, gives us:

  • Last week: 121 new cases
  • Week before: 143 new cases

So, last week the average number of new cases per day was 22 less than that for the previous week.

From SG trends:

On the 26th March, when there were few suspected cases, the Chief Medical Officer wrote to all care home on infection control and reminding them of the importance of social distancing:

Physical (social) distancing measures should be followed by everyone, including children, in line with the government advice to stay at home. The aim of physical (social) distancing measures is to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. People who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus should strictly follow physical (social) distancing measures (this includes those with certain medical conditions, pregnant or aged 70 or older). Up to date information can be found on the NHS Inform website. There are some groups of people who are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness. This is a different group and information can be found in shielding below.

On the 17th April the Scottish Government acted to compensate for care home owners’ failures:

Additional supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are to be delivered directly to care homes across Scotland to help meet the increased demand caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. NHS National Services Scotland will prioritise the delivery of stock directly to care homes where the virus is known to be present.

On 14th March 2005, the Scottish Government issued:

Infection Control Standards for Adult Care Homes: Final Standards:

They weren’t talking of distancing then but a key procedure was ‘isolation.’

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