More than 130 hospital sufferers have been discharged into care houses with out being examined for Covid-19, a well being board assembly has been informed.
The motion was taken to create area on the Lister and Watford hospitals in Hertfordshire forward of an anticipated surge in instances.
Office for National Statistics figures present there have been 275 deaths in care houses in Hertfordshire’s 10 districts.
The authorities mentioned it was “guided by the latest scientific advice”.
The figures have been disclosed at a gathering of the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board on Wednesday.
Dr Nicolas Small, from the Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, mentioned between 19 March to 15 April, 181 individuals have been discharged from Watford General and Lister Hospital into care houses.
Of these, 46 individuals have been examined and half have been confirmed as constructive for the virus.
He mentioned: “For the 135 patients not presenting symptoms and, in keeping with national guidelines, they were discharged into a care home setting without receiving a test for Covid-19.”
Research signifies symptomatic persons are probably the most infectious, however the illness could be handed on earlier than signs develop.
The Liberal Democrat opposition group on the Conservative-run county council has known as for an inquiry into native care home outbreaks.
The group mentioned council officers had informed them the variety of deaths in care settings would possibly exceed 500, primarily based on their day by day calls to native suppliers.
Lib Dem chief Stephen Giles-Medhurst mentioned: “It’s 500 deaths too many. Clearly there could be a number of reasons for that but no-one yet knows for sure why so it’s wrong to speculate. We need an independent review to establish all the facts”.
About 50% of the county’s 263 care houses have now reported infections.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman mentioned: “We have been doing everything we can to ensure care home residents and staff are protected during this unprecedented global pandemic. Every stage of our response has been guided by the latest scientific advice.”