Care home devastated by coronavirus turns tables on the disease

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A Liverpool care home devastated by coronavirus has turned the corner on the awful disease.

The city and the country was shocked to hear about the deaths of 16 residents at Oak Springs Care home in Wavertree after the virus took hold in March.

On March 31 the home asked the ECHO to spread the word about the crisis it was facing, with two thirds of the staff off ill or isolating and the majority of residents showing Covid-19 symptoms.

The home would go on to be beset by tragedy, with manager Andrea Lyon saying it was like losing 16 grandparents for the devastated staff.

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But from the moment the call out for help went out, the home was overwhelmed with offers of support from local people, retired health workers and crucially, Liverpool Council – whose specialised staff came in to stabilise things.

A member of staff outside The Oak Springs care home in Wavertree, Liverpool, where 16 residents have died

We contacted the home to see how things are now – and it is clear it has turned a corner.

A spokesman confirmed that there have been no new Covid-19 infections at Oak Springs for nearly a month, with no one exhibiting symptoms during the same period.

All staff at the facility are now said to be "symptom free" and crucially, there have been no coronavirus or suspected coronavirus deaths at the home for that same period.

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Ms Lyon had previously spoken out about the lack of Personal Protective Equipment available to her hard-working staff as they battled to contain the virus in the home.

Replacement staff arrive outside The Oak Springs care home in Wavertree, Liverpool,

The home said that those PPE levels are now in good shape and staff are feeling safe.

Staff are said to now be focusing on ensuring residents can get back to a happy life at the home.