THREE members of staff have tested positive for coronavirus at a Lostock Gralam care home since the start of the new year.

Country Court Care, which runs Lostock Lodge at Cheshire Business Park, has confirmed the coronavirus cases to the Guardian.

No residents have tested positive for the virus, and both they and the care home’s staff are being tested again this week.

A spokesman at Country Court Care said: “We had the members of staff test positive at the start of January.

“We had no other staff or residents test positive and have since re-tested all staff and residents, which have all come back as negative.

“We are re-testing all residents and staff as of yesterday and today and will receive these results later this week.

“The home is continuing to follow all precautions and all being well these tests will be returned as negative.”

During a discussion about the Covid vaccine at Monday’s Northwich Town Council meeting, Cllr Kevin Rimmer spoke of the need for care home residents and staff to get tested.

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The mayor of Northwich, who is a care worker at Lostock Lodge, said: “I’m not aware of any of the residents having [the vaccine] and obviously they are all vulnerable, the staff are vulnerable.

“We’ve had [Covid] once in the building, we’ve got it back again. I’m only one of three staff up to this point that hasn’t tested positive – more by luck than whatever.”