BRISTOL – The Bristol-Burlington Health District has been collecting data related to the covid-19 pandemic since the disease reached this area and the data is now available to view on the city’s website.
Categories for the data collected include: Bristol Residents Tested, Bristol-Burlington Covid-19 Graphs, Burlington Residents Tested, Confirmed Hospitalizations, Nursing Homes with Residents Positive for Covid-19, and Outcomes for Bristol-Burlington Residents Who Tested Positive for Covid-19.
The Outcomes category shows an 11% fatality rate among the 655 people who tested positive in the two municipalities from Jan 1 through July 8.
“Early on the vast majority of our residents who tested positive were residents of the long term care facilities,” said Marco Palmeri, the district’s director of health. “We were at one time I think in the top five in the state with deaths associated with covid-19.”
Palmeri said Sheriden Woods Health Care Center is part of Athena Health Care Systems. “Athena didn’t do very well early on [in the pandemic],” he said. “They really suffered quite a bit of loss, as a result of residents who were already medically compromised or fragile.”
Sheriden Woods and other skilled nursing facilities were also likely receiving people just released from the hospital who could have been exposed to covid-19 early on there, he added.
“So that skewed our numbers but if we start adding weekly numbers, which we are going to start inputting weekly, then you’ll see our numbers have significantly reduced to almost to zero. Some weeks we don’t have any deaths and other weeks we have maybe one,” Palmeri said.
The data on the city website also breaks down the laboratory confirmed numbers by local nursing home: Sheriden Woods had 81 confirmed cases with 28 deaths, Countryside Manor of Bristol had 71 cases with 24 deaths, Pines at Bristol Center for Nursing & Rehab had 37 cases with four deaths, and Ingraham Manor had seven cases with zero deaths.
“The Bristol-Burlington Heath District took a proactive lead when the pandemic began, collecting data in early March and worked closely with the city to head off any potential issues associated with the spread of covid-19,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu who serves as liaison for the board.
“As the pandemic continued its upsurge in March and April, the district was vigilant in overseeing many aspects to assure safety in our community,” she said. “Recently, Health District Director Marco Palmeri organized the data so it could be made public and accessible on the city’s website so that those who are interested may look at it.”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.