A CARE home in County Durham has confirmed that 24 residents have died since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The outbreak happened at Melbury Court care home, in Durham and has affected 62 residents, including 24 people who have died.

Four of the people who have died had been transferred from hospital, care company HC-One said. A spokesperson for the company, which runs the home, says they had been discharged as having recovered from Covid-19.

A further 38 residents have recovered from the virus.

A spokesperson for the home said it is now in “recovery” with residents returning back to health.

A spokesperson for the home said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all families who have lost a loved one from coronavirus and we are doing our utmost to support them during this difficult time.

“Caring for our residents and supporting our colleagues is at the heart of what we do, and we are doing everything we can to make sure our residents and colleagues stay safe and well throughout these challenging times.

“We have a comprehensive coronavirus contingency plan in place, which was created by our clinical director and reflects the latest government guidance.

“We have secured the medical equipment, PPE, and supplies we need to protect residents and colleagues alike. Colleagues have access to a range of specific coronavirus training modules, including on the correct use of PPE.

"These training modules have been regularly updated to reflect all changes in the guidance over recent weeks. We are also working closely with our local health and care partners.

“We have the number of colleagues needed to support our residents. We can also draw on additional support from our regional team or colleagues at sister homes if required.

“We are proud of our colleagues and how they have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak by showing huge dedication and commitment to our residents.

"We are providing round-the-clock support for all our teams, and we are also grateful to relatives for their ongoing support and understanding."