Adult Social Care Providers and Personal Assistants

How to respond to a suspected outbreak of Covid-19 in a Care Home

Experiencing a Covid-19 outbreak is extremely worrying and challenging for social care providers. For cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in care home settings, please undertake infection control and isolation procedures in the guidance.

Admission and care of residents during Covid-19 incident in a care home.

You will need to notify PHE Yorkshire and Humber Health Protection Team on 0113 386 0300 if you have 2 or more cases (residents or staff) of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 within 14 days of one another.

If there is a large rise in the number of symptomatic cases or there is an increase in number of unexpected deaths within the care home, inform the PHE Yorkshire and Humber Health Protection Team immediately.

Common causes of fever in the elderly, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) should be ruled out.

For residents who require medical attention, please phone and discuss with their GP or NHS 111. In an emergency call 999, informing them and the receiving hospital if there is an outbreak in the home.