Care Home visits in Malvern Hills and Wychavon to be halted

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Families in Malvern Hills and Wychavon are being asked not to visit loved ones in care homes, after a rise in Covid cases in the areas.

Worcestershire County Council Public Health teams have taken the precautionary decision to close visits to care homes with immediate effect. Only essential visits will be allowed.

In the past week both districts have seen increasing cases of Covid-19.  

As part of the outbreak control plan, the county has a multitude of measures and support available to help prevent an outbreak and reduce the spread of the virus.

The decision to restrict care home visits is one of those options. It's considered a necessary precaution as the numbers have increased. The need to protect our elderly and vulnerable residents is paramount.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: " The decision to stop care home visits is not one we have taken lightly.

I appreciate this will cause upset and frustration for some of our residents and I recognise this is very difficult for families. Looking at the rising numbers of cases in the district, we are concerned about the welfare of our most vulnerable and the wider community. I need to protect those at risk and prevent the further spread of Covid. We will review this on a daily basis and will lift these restrictions when we see numbers falling again. This is a sensible precautionary measure, it is better to act now than later. "

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