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Easter Ross care home visits to resume following 'precautionary' decision to temporarily suspend them over conerns about Covid-19 in the community


By Hector MacKenzie

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AN Easter Ross care home says it took the "precautionary decision" to temporarily suspend visits because of concerns about the number of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Tain's Innis Mhor, which is run by Parklands Care, said the safety of residents and staff is its top priority.

It stressed that there have been no cases in the care home and that visits will resume this weekend.

NHS Highland yesterday confirmed concerns over "an emerging situation in the Easter Ross area" with over 40 Covid-19 cases logged in the past couple of weeks, "the majority...linked to three large community clusters which are largely the result of transmission within household members and their extended family and friends".

That came in response to enquiries from the Ross-shire Journal following concerns conveyed to us by local residents. One said people had noticed a number of premises closing but felt there was a lack of information about what was happening.

Highland Council’s environmental health department and the Health and Safety Executive "are working closely with affected premises", NHS Highland said.

It did not confirm which premises had been affected.

A spokesman for the care home, which has been warmly praised for the way it has handled the coronavirus lockdown period, said:"Innis Mhor Care Home took the precautionary decision to temporarily suspend visits because of concerns about the number of cases in the local area. The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority. There are no cases of Covid in the care home and visits will resume this weekend."

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