Ten residents and one nurse have now died at a Dundee care home.
The deaths at Pitkerro Care Centre have all happened in the last two weeks, including two residents who passed away on Wednesday evening.
Owners Hudson Healthcare said only the staff member and three residents tested positive for Covid-19 and stressed just “some” of the other seven are suspected of having the virus.
A spokesperson for Hudson Healthcare said: “We can confirm that two residents sadly passed away last night, meaning that 10 residents and one member of staff have passed away over the past week and a half.
“Three residents and the one staff member were tested positive for Covid-19.
“With this being said, whilst we are certain that the staff member’s passing was due to Covid-19, it remains unclear as to whether the passing of the three residents that tested positive was as a result of the virus.
“We would like to reiterate that whilst Covid-19 is a possible cause of death for some of the further seven cases, not all causes are known and we are continuing to work with GPs to assess this.
“A number of the residents that have sadly passed away have, in fact, been tested as negative.”
A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “Care services across Scotland are working tirelessly under very challenging circumstances to care for people.
“The Care Inspectorate is working closely with care providers, health and social care partnerships, care industry leaders and the Scottish Government to ensure services get the support they need during the pandemic.
“We understand this is a really worrying time for people who experience care, their loved ones and families and for those who work in care.”
The death of the “much-loved and wonderfully compassionate” senior nurse was first revealed last week while the first confirmed cases were reported two weeks earlier.
A number of deaths have been reported since with two on Wednesday the latest.
Meanwhile, six residents at Monifieth’s 81-room South Grange Nursing Home have died over the past 10 days.
The care home’s UK-wide operators Barchester confirmed that “individuals” have tested positive but, when asked how many, a spokesperson said the company would not disclose such information to “respect the privacy of our relatives and residents”.
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