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Caerphilly care homes close doors to visitors

The recent increase in coronavirus cases within the Caerphilly county borough has resulted in the difficult decision to cease visits to care homes across the area with immediate effect.

This cluster of coronavirus cases emerging in Caerphilly is being managed by a multi-agency team that includes Public Health Wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

The partners have agreed that that it would be prudent to once again prevent visitors entering care settings to visit relatives and friends.

Cllr Carl Cuss, CCBC’s Cabinet Member for Social Services said, “This decision was not taken lightly, especially given that Welsh Government has only recently relaxed some of the restrictions around care home visits. However, we must put the health and wellbeing of our elderly and vulnerable residents first and I’m sure families will understand the pressing need to take this action.”

“I fully appreciate that care home residents and their families will be very disappointed with this decision, but I would like to assure all concerned that the decision was taken in the best interest of protecting their health.”

In addition to these restrictions, there will be a temporary return to weekly testing at each care setting. The situation will be kept under review over the coming weeks.

Support and guidance will continue to be provided by staff from Social Services, Environmental Health and other key agencies to help these vital community facilities during this difficult time.

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