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  • 21 October 2021
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We have published data on notifications of deaths of people involving COVID-19 received from individual care homes

The data includes deaths of adults who lived in care homes involving COVID-19 both confirmed and suspected.

We have published data showing the number of notifications about the death of people involving COVID-19 received from individual adult care homes in Wales between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021. The data is based on notifications to us by adult care home providers about deaths of residents involving COVID-19 both confirmed and suspected.

The data released by CIW, which is responsible for regulating social care and childcare in Wales, aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of the impact of COVID-19 on care homes, the people living in them, their families and the staff who cared for them.

Our Chief Inspector, Gillian Baranski commented on the release of the data:

Every notification of a death to CIW represents a life lost and families and friends grieving for their loved one. Their sadness was often compounded by COVID-19 restrictions preventing them from being with their loved one as often, or for as long as they would have wanted in their final days.

Staff who had cared for and developed relationships with people in their care  were also grieving and deeply affected by their death.  We have been inspired by the innovation and resilience of people working in care homes and saw many, many examples of dedicated, compassionate and selfless care including staff sleeping at services to reduce risks to people.

We offer our deepest sympathies to all who have lost a family member or friend as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  We ask for compassion and respect to be shown to people living in care homes, to their families, and to the staff who worked tirelessly and selflessly to protect people, care for them and tackle the many challenges they faced.

To view the data and the caveats that surround it click below.

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