Santa Actor Spreads COVID-19 to Belgium Care Home

A visiting Santa actor was believed to be the cause of 75 cases linked to the Hemelrijck aged-care home in the Belgian town of Mol.

A visiting Santa actor was believed to be the cause of 75 cases linked to the Hemelrijck aged-care home in the Belgian town of Mol.

The actor felt sick and tested positive for COVID-19 three days after visiting, which prompted health officials to start testing the 150 residents at the home.

After testing, it was found out that 61 elderly residents and 14 staff have also contracted the virus with one needing oxygen ventilation.

“It was made with the best intent, but it went wrong. A very black day for the care home,” said Mayor of Mol, Wim Caeyers.

Pictures of the event posted by news websites showed that not all residents wore masks and that the Santa actor and his helpers stood within two meters of the elderly.

“Initially [the care home] said that the rules had been followed, but then straight away you receive photos from the families of residents where you can see that this wasn’t the case,” said Caeyers.

Jannes Verheyen, a rep for Armonea, the company that runs the care home expressed his shock over the incident and said that it is pointless to condemn the staff after Caeyers called them irresponsible.


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