Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has requested that (a) Public Health England, (b) county councils and (c) other public sector organisations (i) collect and (ii) publish data on residents in care homes with (A) covid-19 symptoms and (B) confirmed positive tests for covid-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Since the start of the pandemic, Public Health England (PHE) estimated that over 192,000 residents in care homes have been tested for COVID-19. Data on the number of residents in care homes with COVID-19 symptoms and confirmed tests for COVID-19 is not currently available or published in the format requested. NHS England is keeping what data it publishes under regular review.

The weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and centres is published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/covid-19-number-of-outbreaks-in-care-homes-management-information

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