'Sadness' as two care home residents die with COVID-19

December 22 2020
'Sadness' as two care home residents die with COVID-19

TWO residents at a Winterbourne care home have died during an outbreak of coronavirus.

The deaths were confirmed after an outbreak at Blossom Fields, in the High Street, which staff have worked "tremendously hard" to bring under control.

The director of Grove Care, which runs Blossom Fields, said the team shared the sadness of families.

Christopher Taylor said: “Our wonderful and dedicated staff have been working tirelessly to minimise the impact of lockdown and the regulatory restrictions on the vulnerable residents they support.

It is impossible to overstate just how careful everyone has been and families of residents, local GPs and the CQC have consistently given us the most positive feedback in this respect throughout.

"My team and I have given our most sincere condolences to the families affected and share their sadness."

The news came against a backdrop of increasing COVID-19 case numbers in South Gloucestershire as a whole, which saw the area remain under the highest Tier 3 government restrictions on social contact and activity, despite neighbouring Bristol being moved down to Tier 2.

And the overall number of deaths from the virus across South Gloucestershire has also started to rise again, passing 230.

Visits to Blossom Fields have been stopped, and weekly testing has been carried out.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We are working together with Public Health England and local NHS colleagues to support staff and residents of Blossom Fields nursing home. Both staff and affected families are being supported and we will be providing advice and assistance wherever required to prevent any further spread of the virus.”

Deaths of South Gloucestershire residents with COVID-19 have risen by a total of 59 in the four weeks to December 4, the most recent for which figures are available.

Some 21 of those deaths came during the most recent of those weeks: 12 of them in care homes and nine in hospitals.

In total, 238 residents had died with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic: 106 in care homes, 122 in hospital and 10 at home.

In the week to December 11 there were 443 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Gloucestershire, an overall case rate of 155.4 per 100,000 population. That was below the national rate of 196.3 but above neighbouring Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and Gloucestershire.

It is also higher than the rate of 133.6 recorded a week earlier in South Gloucestershire, showing that cases are rising again.

The second lockdown helped cut infections from levels which saw 985 new cases recorded in the week to November 13 in South Gloucestershire, a rolling rate of 345.5.

New cases in the Frome Valley area remained low in the most recent local-level figures released by the Office for National Statistics, for the week to December11.

In Frampton Cotterell there were nine new cases, in Winterbourne there were six, with 13 in Pucklechurch & Westerleigh, which includes Coalpit Heath, and six in Charfield, Wickwar & Iron Acton.

Four weeks earlier, during the second lockdown, the numbers were 16 in Frampton Cotterell, 35 in Winterbourne, 59 in Pucklechurch and Westerleigh, and 19 in Charfield, Wickwar & Iron Acton.

The area of South Gloucestershire with by far the highest case numbers on December 11 was Bradley Stoke, with 60 – a rolling case rate of 531.6.