Nursing home outbreak claims three lives in Almeria

Nursing home outbreak claims three lives in Almeria
Nursing home outbreak claims three lives in Almeria Credit: Pixabay

Nursing home outbreak claims three lives in Almeria, and eight more people are in hospital.

Sadly, the coronavirus has hit at La Purisima nursing home in Spain’s Almeria. The nursing home is only metres from the Virgin del Mar hospital and is located on Mami de La Cañada road. This week the nursing home has been returned to grade 1 due to an outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus. First the virus hit 42 residents and workers at the nursing home even with the rapid intervention of health authorities. The number of people affected has now grown and stands at 57 people. Sadly, three people have died according to the Regional Ministry of Health and Families as reported Diario de Almeria.

Tragically in the last few hours three people have died and a further eight people are still in hospital.


Many of the elderly residents in the nursing home have other medical conditions and this has been aggravated by the coronavirus infections even though they were all vaccinated earlier this year. Sadly, this has meant that some people have not been able to overcome the infection.

Residents of the nursing home are currently in isolation and all the necessary care protocols are being followed. At the moment though one person is in the Virgen del Mar hospital, and a further seven people are at Torrecardenas university hospital.

Sadly, the number of people infected with the virus is growing and both residents, workers and two trainees have had positive tests for the virus.

As reported Diario de Almeria, “The Territorial Delegation of Health and Families communicated this Friday its decision to medicalise the residential centre La Purísima in grade 1 immediately after confirming the main outbreak in the province today, which initially affected 37 elderly people and five employees of the socio-health centre, all of whom had been fully vaccinated.”

Sadly, the fifth wave of the coronavirus is hitting hard and the Junta de Andalucia have had to make the decision to reactivate shielding of hospitals and nursing homes due to the pandemic and the spread of the delta variant.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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