Outbreaks at Wake County nursing homes and other congregate living facilities keep growing

Updated Tuesday, July 14.

Since the stay at home order began in late March, nursing homes, rehab facilities and other long-term care facilities have been locked down to visitors.

The restrictions are to keep older adults who are more vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19 safer.

But between June 14 and July 11 (Saturday), 17 new congregate living outbreaks at nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities have been reported in Wake County.

Other close living facilities, state prisons in Wake County, had existing COVID-19 outbreaks.

The women’s prison in particular made a big jump — more than doubling their existing cases. There are 226 confirmed cases as of Monday’s report.

Here are some of the numbers behind the Wake County congregate living outbreaks, pulled from Tuesday + Friday afternoons’ reports and Raleigh Convergence’s 9-week data analysis:

At least 24 total congregate living outbreaks in Wake County. While the state’s interactive map shows only 20, Wake County reported three new outbreaks at long-term care facilities Friday. Two state prison facilities in Raleigh are seeing new cases, not one.

More than Durham + Orange County combined, less than Mecklenburg County. The counties that include the city of Durham and Chapel Hill have a total of 13 combined outbreaks. Mecklenburg, which includes Charlotte, has more: 29 total congregate living outbreaks and 3 childcare facility clusters, according to the state’s map.

84 more inmates test positive at the state women’s prison in Raleigh since Wednesday’s report. The North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women increased to 226 positive cases on Monday, up from 142 on Wednesday. There were 92 confirmed positive cases the previous week. Before that, only 91 confirmed positive cases were reported for at least 8 weeks. Some state prisons are mass testing, and Raleigh’s women’s prison is now indicated to be in that group.

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The largest congregate living increase this week is Litchford Falls Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, with 36 cases. It was only reported to have an outbreak at the end of June.

Other congregate living increases and additional deaths this week:

  • The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner: Two more people have died and 9 more cases were confirmed this week; 26 total confirmed cases and 3 deaths total.
  • Windsor Point Continuing Care Retirement Community in Fuquay-Varina: Friday’s report showed one more person has died, 5 total.
  • updated: Hillside Nursing Center of Wake Forest increased 15 cases since Tuesday’s report; there are now 28 confirmed cases.

New outbreaks:

  • The Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview in Raleigh. Friday’s report showed 2 confirmed cases.
  • Sunrise at North Hills in Raleigh is new to the state’s report; there are 3 confirmed cases.
  • Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center is new to the state’s report; there are 2 confirmed cases.
  • Abbotswood at Stonehenge was announced by the county Thursday but didn’t share the extent of the outbreak.

From Wake County’s announcement of three new outbreaks Friday:

  • Two residents and two staff testing positive at Universal Healthcare, located at 5201 Clarks Fork Drive in Raleigh;
  • Two staff testing positive at Raleigh Rehabilitation Center, located at 616 Wade Ave. in Raleigh; and
  • One resident and one staff testing positive at Wake Assisted Living, located at 2800 Kidd Road in Raleigh.

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Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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