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Coronavirus: case detected at old people’s home was not a staff member (Update 2)

The social welfare services said on Wednesday they would cooperate with the health ministry to handle the situation at an old people’s home in Nicosia after a positive coronavirus case was detected there.

The health ministry announced earlier in the day that a coronavirus case was detected at the ‘Panayia Eleousa’ old people’s home in Archangelos, Nicosia.

It was initially reported that the coronavirus case concerned the domestic worker of the owner of the old’s people home, who is believed to have come in contact with staff and residents without taking the necessary protection measures.

The woman in question, who, has been reportedly living with her employer and his family at the old people’s home for around a year and a half while the owner’s home was under renovation was among the 15 new cases announced on Tuesday.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the woman was not wearing a respiratory mask, the use of which is obligatory in old people’s homes.

The health ministry announced that the epidemiology monitoring unit had briefed the management of the facility on the test results and asked that the person who tested positive be removed. The close contacts of the person also within the old people’s home are being traced.

Instructions have been given for tests to be carried out among all residents and staff and for the disinfection of the premises.

“In cooperation with the health ministry we will make sure these instructions are implemented,” the head of the social welfare services, Maria Kyradji told the Cyprus News Agency.

She said that they had been in contact with the health ministry since the first moment the results were announced. Kyradji gave reassurances that all indicated measures are taken.

Later in the day, the management of Panayia Eleousa said in a statement that the woman who tested positive stays in a room in a sperate area of the old people’s home, close to the room in which the business’s former owner lives who is now an elderly person. It also clarified that she is the domestic worker of the former owner and not a member of the staff and was not dealing with the other residents of the home.

The social welfare services saw that the staff was observing all necessary protective measures, while the entire building has been disinfected, it said.


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