A YORK care home has declared that it has had no cases of coronavirus.

Fulford Nursing Home in Heslington Lane tweeted York Central MP Rachael Maskell with the good news after she called for more information to be provided by City of York Council about the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in each care home in the city.

It stated: "@Rachael Maskell. I can confirm no cases at Fulford Nursing Home. All our families are kept informed and connected to residents with regular calls, Face Time, Zoom and our private Facebook.

"We are working hard in partnership with Vale of York CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and City of York to keep everyone safe."

Business manager Elizabeth Hancock told The Press today: "We've had no cases at all. We locked down early, March 12, families have been very supportive of this.

"We have had a strong staff policy of taking temperatures and staff not coming in if they don’t feel their normal self.

"We knew there were more symptoms to look out for than a cough and temp.

"We accepted new admissions only if tested and pre test capability we admitted residents who had isolated and had a watertight isolation story of at least 14 days. York Hospital have supported us with this.

"We issued cloth face masks to all our staff yesterday so they can wear them out of work after advice from a microbiologist on the call on Thursday.

"As lockdown lifts we are the biggest risk to our residents so I hope communities know they need to protect their care staff by maintaining their hygiene.

The whole city has a responsibility to keep this invisible killer at bay.  That all said, my fingers are crossed and we are all just trying our very best.

"We have had a wonderful response to our request to prevent social isolation with letters coming in to residents from the Fulford community, my village of Wheldrake and as far afield as America, France and The Netherlands.  Our request went viral - in a good way.

"The Theatre Royal have lent us their concession stands for our cinema nights. Supermarkets and local businesses have dropped off treats at the door. Mullen and Mullen tailoring have made us tailored masks So many more. The York community really are fabulous."

A council spokeswoman said that York’s MPs get regular updates on the support given by the council to care homes in York, from infection control measures to recruitment to the declining rate of cases and the very sad news of Covid-related deaths.