Outbreaks of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire’s care homes since the start of the pandemic have been revealed.
Figures from Public Health England show the number of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in facilities since the start of March.
According to the data, up to April 21 a total of 66 outbreaks were reported across the wider-county.
The figures were released as part of a government effort to be more transparent about the impact of coronavirus on communities and care homes.
North Lincolnshire had the most reported outbreaks, with 15 reported – around 25% of all the county’s care homes.
The lowest was in Boston with two recorded in the region’s 17 care homes.
Meanwhile, Lincoln had 11 outbreaks reported which amounts to around 35% of all the city’s facilities.
- Lincoln – 11
- North Kesteven – 5
- South Kesteven – 10
- West Lindsey – 7
- East Lindsey – 6
- Boston – 2
- South Holland – 4
- North Lincolnshire – 15
- North East Lincolnshire – 6
Around a third of all care homes in the UK have reported a confirmed or suspected outbreak of coronavirus, according to the data.
More than 4,500 care homes across the country may have been affected by the virus, approximately 29% of all care homes since March 10.
The news comes as public health officials in Lincolnshire confirmed that 19 people have died of COVID-19 in the county’s care homes.
Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Every single one of those deaths is tragic. Each one of them represents a person that has likely died earlier than they might have done.
“They may not have been able to have families around them because of restrictions and every death is one too many.”