Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes have accessed covid-19 tests via the new portal for care home testing to date.

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

Since the launch of the Care Home Portal on the 11 May 2020, 16,717 care homes to date have requested a test through the portal, while 12,061 care homes have subsequently registered the test kit via the Test Registration portal.

We continue to issue over 50,000 tests a day to care homes across the country, with the majority of these in high priority outbreak areas. Any symptomatic person can get a test and care homes with suspected positive cases will be able to access whole home testing via their local Health Protection Team.

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