Covid-19 patients may soon be transferred out of care homes

    Covid-free St Joseph Home residents to be moved to another care home

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    Care home residents who test positive for Covid-19 may soon be moved to a hospital, the Health Ministry announced as it seeks to keep the spread of the coronavirus in homes for the elderly under control.

    The announcement came hours after the authorities confirmed that new Covid-19 cases have been reported at another care home, Casa San Paolo in St Paul’s Bay. A substantial number of cases have been reported at St Joseph Home in Fgura and Casa Antonia in Balzan.

    The transfer of residents testing positive with Covid-19 to hospitals is set to take place in the eventuality of another care home reporting a positive Covid-19 test. Following a doctor’s examination and depending on their conditions, residents would be moved to Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, Mater Dei Hospital or the private St Thomas Hospital.

    As for St Joseph Home, which has reported the largest number of cases, those who have tested positive and those in quarantine will remain in the home, but all others are to be moved to the Casal Nuovo care home in Paola. Those who are transferred will be in preventive quarantine and will undergo swab testing every 3 years. Additional beds are also to be made available at St James Hospital.

    The ministry also sought to emphasise the measures the public health authorities were following with respect to care homes. It noted that the Social Care Standards Authority and Active Ageing and Community Care have been consulting and collaborating with them from March.

    The SCSA has conducted a total of 1,012 visits in care homes this year, while over 14,500 swab tests have been carried out on care home residents and staff since June.