Despite the slowing and reduction of the R rate, effective reproduction number, Manx Care says risk of transmission and staff absences due to Covid-19 remains a threat.
Therefore, it is extending visiting restrictions at Noble’s Hospital and other care settings.
Visiting was suspended on March 30 for an initial period of two weeks, but following review it has been deemed necessary to extend this for a further two-week period.
A statement said: ‘Please note that where permitted, and in exceptional circumstances, e.g. when the patient is receiving end of life care, following assessment and agreement from the clinical team, essential visitors may be permitted. More information on what constitutes an ‘essential visitor’, and precautions that must be taken if visiting, are available on the Manx Care website.
‘The public are reminded that all attendees to out-patient clinics must undertake a lateral flow test 45 minutes to an hour before attending health and social care settings. Mask wearing, hand gel, social distancing and good hand hygiene are also essential for the time being.
‘Whilst they recognise that friends and family members are a vital support to all of those receiving inpatient and residential services, the utmost care and consideration must be given to the safety of other patients and staff by maintaining infection prevention and control procedures at all times. Manx Care must continue to take appropriate measures to protect its patients and service users, staff and the maintenance of services as we adapt to living with Covid. Manx Care thank the public for their understanding and co-operation as they continue to work to protect the people in their care from potential exposure to Covid–19.’