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ERS residents sampled at random

Elderly Residential Services residents are being sampled at random to detect any possible asymptomatic Covid-19 infections within ERS facilities.

This follows advice from Public Health Gibraltar and is in addition to the screening of all staff members before they are allowed to enter ERS premises.

Staff have also adopted additional precautionary measures such as the wearing of visors to prevent the spread of infection in a scenario when someone may be asymptomatic.

These are some of a number of measures implemented across ERS facilities which will be maintained.

“We cannot become complacent,” Consultant Geriatrician and Medical Lead at Elderly Residential Services Dr Antonio Marin, said.

Detailing further measures implemented across ERS services, Dr Marin said the medical team had been increased by one full time doctor and nursing staff have been increased to assist with the residents and aid social distancing.

The ERS facilities have received more lifesaving equipment such as non-invasive ventilation (CPAP), and staff have been trained in its use.

Additionally, the isolation area within Mount Alvernia has increased by eight beds and work has nearly finished on the isolation cottage which will provide 4-5 additional isolation beds.

“At the present time everything is under control,” Dr Marin said adding: “All the necessary contingency plans and risk assessments are in place and are reviewed regularly to ensure that they continue to meet our requirements.”

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