Town is left in shock after announcement of seven care home deaths

The community of Eyemouth have been left reeling following the news that seven residents at a council-run care home have died from Covid-19.

By John A. MacInnes
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 8:56 am
Saltgreens Care Home where seven residents have died from Covid-19.
Saltgreens Care Home where seven residents have died from Covid-19.

It has also emerged that a total of sixteen other residents have recently tested positive for the virus.

However, it is believed that the majority of those residents have now fully recovered.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council, said: “While we are we’re not in a position to provide further details, we can confirm seven residents within Saltgreens care home in Eyemouth have sadly passed away where COVID-19 has been recorded as a contributory factor on the death certificate.

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Our sympathy and condolences are with all family members at this difficult time.

“There are currently 16 other residents in Saltgreens who have tested positive since the outbreak, the majority of whom have recovered, and one at Lower Deanfield in Hawick.

“We are continuing to work closely with NHS Borders colleagues to support the situation in both homes and would like to thank them and our own staff for their ongoing care and commitment.

“There are no other recorded cases of COVID-19 in other care homes in the Borders at present.”