The Army was called in on Monday after an outbreak of Covid-19 at a nursing home in Formentera del Segura with a reported 27 residents and workers infected. One resident is said to have passed away.
As the Costa Blanca People went to press on Monday, the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Regiment of the army were in the process of carrying out a deep clean on the nursing home in Formentera del Segura where it is reported that 17 residents and 10 staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Mayor of Formentera, Francisco Cano told the press that the intervention of the army would be limited to Monday and only at the premises of the privately run nursing home. The building is located in the municipality of Formentera, but in the area known as Los Palacios, right next to Rojales.
The first case detected was among employees of the carehome, and was registered with health authorities on November 6th. The first case among residents was confirmed just two days later, on November 8th. The facility caters to around 40 residents, including fully assisted, semi-assisted and self-sufficient.
The Valencian Govenment reportedly decided to intervene at the residence once it confirmed the outbreak and above all due to the fact that the entire workforce was infected. Healthcare workers from the Torrevieja health area have been supporting the running of the nursing home since the authorities stepped in.
The army regiment deployed on Monday (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Regiment nº1 RNBQ “Valencia” nº 1) has been mobilised on various occasions in recent months to carry out support work during the health crisis and was seen carrying out a deep clean on the nursing home. The unit, based in Paterna (Valencia), was created in 2005 for defence “against threats of a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical nature.”
Around 25 soldiers in full protective gear arrived on Monday along with army vehicles and two support tents. Soldiers first undertook a perimeter closure and shut down all adjacent streets before moving inside the nursing home to begin the disinfection process.