Coronavirus has now claimed lives of more than 100 Bristol care home residents

May 19 2020
Coronavirus has now claimed lives of more than 100 Bristol care home residents

MORE than 100 people have now died with coronavirus in Bristol care homes.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today showed that more Bristol residents – 100 – had died with the virus in care homes than in the city’s hospitals (92).

And Care Quality Commission figures, which are more up to date, showed that 106 COVID-19 deaths in Bristol care homes had been reported from April 10 up to last Friday, nine of them in the last week.

CQC figures include suspected but unconfirmed cases of coronavirus; at the start of the pandemic not all care homes residents who fell ill with COVID-19 symptoms were being tested.

But the number of deaths from coronavirus recorded each week is falling – the 17 deaths from COVID-19 among Bristol residents in the week to May 8 was down from 30 the previous week.

So far this year, coronavirus has been given as a cause of death for 206 of the 1,647 Bristol residents who have died – around one in eight. The virus was confirmed in around one in every four deaths (17 out of 70) in the week to May 8.

Nationally, the ONS said 12,657 deaths were registered that week, a decrease for the third week running but 3,081 more than the five-year average.

COVID-19 was mentioned as a cause for 3,930 deaths (31.1%): a decrease of 2,105 deaths compared with Week 18 (33.6% of all deaths).

In care homes, coronavirus involved in almost 40% of the 4,248 deaths recorded nationally. While that total is down from 6,409 in the previous week it is still 2,247 above the five-year average for the time of year.

However the number of deaths in hospitals nationally was 114 lower than the five-year average for the same week.

The NHS total for COVID-19 deaths in hospitals run by North Bristol NHS trust stood at 111 as of today, while for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust the number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 was 104: a combined total of 215. These figures include residents of neighbouring areas such as South Gloucestershire and North Somerset who have died in Bristol hospitals but whose deaths are recorded in the ONS figures according to where they lived: 74 South Glos and 49 North Somerset residents have died in hospital, but South Gloucestershire has no acute hospital and Weston General Hospital has only recorded 3 COVID-19 deaths to date.