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Coronavirus / People asked to postpone care home visits if member of household is isolating

PEOPLE are being asked not to visit care homes in Shetland if they are in a household with someone who is isolating.

With positive Covid-19 cases currently in Shetland, anyone thinking of visiting a care home in Shetland is asked to postpone their visit if someone is isolating in their household.

Shetland Islands Council said this is also the case if they have been in contact with someone who is isolating, or are otherwise concerned that they may be at risk – unless their visit is considered absolutely essential and based on a risk assessment with the care home.

Care homes in Shetland are still open to visitors, with measures in place to ensure the safety of residents, staff and visitors.

Some care homes may need to close to visitors if there is increased spread in local areas.

Care home visiting guidance in Shetland and the associated risk factors are assessed and reviewed regularly, the council said.

Chair of the integration joint board Emma Macdonald said: “Whilst care home visiting remains possible at this time it is important that everyone plays their part in sticking to good hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and social distancing.

“We recognise that visiting is really important to all residents so we need to ensure people take a responsible approach and don’t visit if they may be a risk.”

Meanwhile no new confirmed cases of Covid in Shetland were included in today’s (Wednesday) Scottish Government update.

A recent cluster of cases saw some children at the Mossbank school be asked to stay at home.