‘They were withering away’: Why did Colin Harris and nine others die in a Skye care home?

Colin died of Covid-19 at Home Farm care home in May. His wife had to wait outside his room while he took his last breath. Now his family is pushing for answers

Covid-19 did not come to Skye for a long time, so much so that the people there thought they had escaped it. But Zoe Docherty knew better. Driving to her at-home visits on the Scottish island, the 27-year-old care worker heard a drumbeat of dread, a steady rat-a-tat, all through the months of March and April and into May.

“I knew it was a matter of time,” says Zoe. “I didn’t see what makes Skye so special that it wouldn’t come here.” When the first case of Covid-19 in the Highlands was confirmed on 14 March, Zoe told a colleague: “It’s coming.” But her colleague was dismissive. “She said: ‘The Highlands is a big area,’” Zoe remembers. “I said: ‘You’re missing the point here. It’s a virus. It won’t not come here, just because we’re rural.’”

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