SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) has revealed one of its care homes has been hit by COVID-19.

Saltgreens Care Home, Eyemouth, which is operated by the local authority, has reported a small number of residents and staff have tested positive for the virus.

The home, which has 34 residents, is following stringent infection control procedures, including the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff.

Residents who show symptoms are advised to isolate, with staff monitoring them around the clock.

SBC chief executive Tracey Logan said: “We understand this will be an anxious time for families of Saltgreens residents but I would reiterate that stringent control measures are being undertaken to minimise the risk of infection.

“We have been working with colleagues from NHS Borders’ infection control team and they are confident that staff are working to the required standards.

“We will continue to follow the correct procedures and guidance to support the health and wellbeing of Saltgreens’ residents and staff at this time.”

The residents and staff who have contracted the coronavirus are receiving support from SB Cares.

The council has also confirmed that there are no cases at any of its other five care homes. They are: Deanfield, Hawick; Grove House, Kelso; St Ronans, Innerleithen; Waverley Residential House, Galashiels; Garden View, Tweedbank.