All of the patients who died also had multiple, chronic, underlying health conditions. A total of 21 other residents are also showing at least one symptom of COVID-19. This is almost half of the residents currently staying in the home.
A further 12 workers at the care home are now self-isolating.
Seven of the workers either have symptoms themselves or their family members showing symptoms.
The care home employs 114 people in total.
Each worker has been supplied with PPE (personal protective equipment) to ensure the safety of the other residents and staff, a spokesman for Hawthorn Green said.
Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home has confirmed seven residents have died
All seven died after contracting COVID-19
Proper hand-washing techniques and additional training for staff is also taking place, the spokesman added.
Staff at the care home are remaining in contact with NHS and all relevant bodies to follow advice and procedures regarding infection control and barrier nursing.
One of the residents who died was Jamshad Ali.
Mr Ali is believed to have previously been a tailor for fashion company Burberry.
All of the patients who died also had multiple, chronic, underlying health conditions
Speaking to Sky News: “We wish to send our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr Ali who passed away last month.
“Mr Ali was a much-loved member of Hawthorn Green Care Home and he will be greatly missed – our hearts go out to his family.
“Like many care homes across the UK, Hawthorn Green is now caring for residents who are symptomatic with COVID-19.
“We set a very low threshold for implementing our protocols and immediately upon detecting either a high temperature, a cough, shortness of breath or any combination of these each resident is cared for in isolation in accordance with strict infection control measures.”
Each worker has been supplied with PPE to ensure the safety of the other residents and staff
However, despite the concerning risk of coronavirus spreading in care homes accross the UK, testing is still not available in care homes in England.
The spokesman added: “Currently, we have been advised that testing is not available in care homes in England.
“During this challenging time, we have been communicating regularly and openly with all families regarding COVID-19.
“As soon as we were aware of the first suspected cases we wrote to families and staff that very same day and again when a resident tested positive in hospital.”
This comes after three residents from a care home in Bexleyheath, south east London, have also died in hospital after contracting COVID-19.
The residents, from Maples Care Home, had been admitted for illnesses not related to COVID-19 but then tested positive for the virus during their stay in hospital.
However, a spokeswoman for the care home said there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the care home for both staff and residents.
A total of nine people have died at the care home over the past six weeks, but none of them were suspected of having COVID-19 and six were on end of life care.
Proper hand-washing techniques and additional training for staff is also taking place
The spokeswoman added: “The health and well-being of our residents is our absolute priority.
“We are monitoring residents and colleagues closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and have put in place a number of measures to safeguard our residents, including asking that non-essential visitors do not visit the home and implementing our comprehensive and robust infection control processes.
“We continue to work alongside Public Health England and the NHS to keep our residents and colleagues well during this time.”
NHS England announced yesterday that another 828 patients have died in hospital after contracting the illness. The total number of coronavirus deaths now stands at 6,483.
Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:13:00 +0000