Ballymena health centre covid outbreak latest: ‘Deep clean’ is underway

A DEEP clean is taking place at Ballymena Health and Care Centre after six members of staff tested positive for coronavirus and up to 80 employees are self-isolating, the Northern Health Trust told ‘Ballymena Daily’ this evening.

A spokesperson also told us: “Our Infection Prevention and Control Team is also carrying out a full risk assessment.”

The spokesperson added: “At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that patients or service users have been impacted.”

The full statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’ from the Trust is as follows: “We can confirm that there has been an outbreak involving staff who work on the second floor of the Ballymena Health and Care Centre.

“At this point in time, a total of 6 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working quickly to understand the full implications and as a precautionary measure we have asked approximately 80 staff to remain at home and to self-isolate to allow a contact-tracing exercise to be completed.

“The second floor is only accessible to staff via a security access system and it has now been closed to enable us to carry out a deep clean. Our Infection Prevention and Control Team is also carrying out a full risk assessment.

“At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that patients or service users have been impacted.

“Obviously this is an emerging situation and when we have a clearer picture we will provide further updates,” the statement ended.

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