Three Covid-19 deaths at Brandon Woods

Apr 20, 2020

Three Brandon Woods residents have died after contracting Covid-19 as of April 20, according to CEO of parent company Essex Group Management Frank Romano.

Romano said two residents were transported to the hospital prior to their deaths and one resident died in the Dartmouth facility.

“It’s devastating,” he said. “We will get through this and we will certainly mourn the people who did not make it through it with us.”

Romano said that six residents have recovered from the virus, and have moved out of a separate 16-bed self-contained unit and back to their own rooms.

Ten employees are in self-quarantine because they are symptomatic, Romano said, but is unsure how many had tested positive since not all of the employees had received their test results.

He said that any staff member who has tested positive would be paid during their time self-quarantining so they would not have to use any sick time.

18 people had previously tested positive for the virus at the Bliss Corner nursing home.

Currently, Brandon Woods has a program to conduct regular tests in their facility along with help from the Broad Institute and MIT, who have sent a mobile testing unit. 

Additionally, MIT has provided personal protective equipment such as face shields — something Romano says his staff has been trying to source from everywhere such as Amazon and the state’s stockpile, as they have to compete with other assisted living facilities and governments.

“I spend the bulk of my day dealing with PPE,” he said. “It has been a challenge.” 

As of April 20, there were 39,643 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts, with 1,779 in Bristol County. 1,809 people have died from the illness in the commonwealth.