A third of St Joseph’s Home residents tested positive to Covid-19

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To date, a total of 113 residents at St Joseph’s Home for the elderly have tested positive to coronavirus, Newsbook.com.mt has learnt. That is slightly over one third of the home’s capacity.

The home which was inaugurated in 2018, caters for 295 residents.

A government spokesperson said that two of the residents who had contracted coronavirus passed away. One of the residents died at the home while the other died at Mater Dei Hospital.

Out of the 113 residents that contracted coronavirus, 14 patients have been hospitalised.

The total number of health care workers at the home that tested positive for coronavirus stands at 26 while an additional 35 employees have been placed in mandatory quarantine.

From 19 June until 6 September a total of 776 swab tests were carried out on residents and staff at St Joseph’s Home for the elderly. Testing increased after the positive cases were registered. In total 1,931 swab tests were carried out to date.

Coronavirus has erupted in nursing homes with a total of 117 cases being reported last week on Friday by Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci during the weekly press conference. St Joseph’s Home for the elderly has been the worst affected.

On Monday, 50 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health authorities including five asylum seekers who are not included in the official daily tally. The number of active cases now stands at 676 excluding asylum seekers who are in detention and have tested positive.

Two individuals who were positive to coronavirus have died on Monday. To date the pandemic has claimed 23 lives.

In the daily infographic, the health authorities said that one of the 32 cases reported on Sunday belonged to the St Joseph’s Home cluster.

Mario Mifsud known as Dj Banana has shared his experience with this newsroom. He explained how both his mother and sister who are residents at the home have tested positive for coronavirus. He complained that the relatives were not immediately informed and were only told when they called to check on their loved ones.

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