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Care facilities have been prone to clusters of COVID cases in many countries. In Sweden, they were responsible for most deaths, where they admit they didn’t care properly about the COVID19 health of the elderly:

The virus was rampant early during the spring and summer and fears are it will continue during the autumn:

‘In many countries, the trend is hard to escape: The larger the coronavirus outbreak in an area, the more deaths elder-care facilities there can expect to see, according to the results of an ongoing transnational research project.’

Little wonder, then, that a cluster of cases was found amongst staff and residents yesterday at the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home.

72 samples were taken, 43 residents and staff have tested positive. The ministry of health and wellness said the cluster was uncovered as part of its ongoing islandwide surveillance of senior citizens’ homes and infirmaries The testing of all 428 residents and 162 staff members is expected to be completed in the next two to three days.

This triggered the Emergency Management Protocol:

This wasn’t the first such case, having had a cluster appear in March:

Likewise, a notable cluster had been noted in an Nursing Home Infirmary in St. Ann in May.