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Data on death notifications involving COVID-19

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) today published data showing COVID-19 death notifications received from individual adult care homes in Wales between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021. The data reflects deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 notified to CIW, regardless of where the person died.

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.

Commenting on the publication of the data, Gillian Baranski, Chief Inspector of Care Inspectorate Wales was keen to stress:-

“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.”