A coronavirus outbreak at Pemberley House Care Home in Basingstoke has seen 22 residents die in three weeks.

The tragic news was confirmed to The Gazette yesterday by Public Health England.

An outbreak was declared at the Grove Road home on January 5 with 22 people passing away with coronavirus in the weeks following. 

This is what we know about the outbreak so far.

Where is Pemberley House Care Home and who runs it?

Pemberley House Care Home is on Grove Road in Viables in Basingstoke. It is a privately-run care home that can house up to 72 residents. At its most recent Care Quality Commission inspection in 2017, it was rated "good". 

It is operated by private firm Avery Healthcare. They own 56 care homes around the country. 

When did the outbreak happen and why?

The reason for the outbreak is not clear. It was declared on January 5, the second working day back after what is usually known as the Christmas break. 

The outbreak was registered to Public Health England who advises the care home on how to act.

How many residents were infected? 

The Gazette understands 60 per cent of residents tested positive for the disease with 22, unfortunately, passing away shortly after.  

Is the outbreak over now? 

We don't know. We've asked Avery Healthcare for further information. Public Health England had said at this time the care home does not currently need further contact.

What has Hampshire County Council said? 

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “We do not comment on the circumstances of deaths within individual private care homes - any death is a cause for great sadness and our sincere condolences go to everyone affected at this time. 

"It is important to make clear that protection from the vaccine takes time to build and it is imperative therefore that anyone who has had the jab continues to closely follow the ‘hands face space’ guidance, as well as any guidance for their occupational role, to protect themselves and others.”