Care Homes: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd July 2020.

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Photo of Zarah Sultana Zarah Sultana Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is Public Health England or private contractors who have the authority to confirm a covid-19 outbreak within a care home or Housing with Care facility.

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

A suspected COVID-19 outbreak in a care home is confirmed by Public Health England (PHE) where two or more residents or members of staff have laboratory confirmed COVID-19 or have reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

A clear definition of a suspected or confirmed case COVID-19 outbreak in a care home has been determined by PHE and the Department. This is published in Annex B of guidance on the Admission and Care of Residents in a Care Home during COVID-19 which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-admission-and-care-of-people-in-care-homes

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