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Coronavirus outbreak strikes Roxboro nursing facility

Posted December 29, 2020 6:09 p.m. EST
Updated December 29, 2020 8:36 p.m. EST

— A nursing home in Roxboro is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

Roxboro Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center reported 72 people infected with the virus – 46 residents and 26 staff members. The 46 residents represent nearly half of the facility's 94 total residents.

The center announced it will be hosting its first vaccination clinic for staff and residents on Wednesday. Officials said they are working with Walgreens to schedule two more events: one on Jan. 27 and another on Feb. 24.

Center director Shonette Pettiford said in a statement the staff is working closely with the Person County Health Department and state health officials to ensure they are taking the appropriate steps.

Residents who are diagnosed with or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be treated on designated halls by staff members using enhanced precautions, including wearing gloves, masks, gowns and face shields.

Pettiford also said that safety precautions include closely monitoring and screening every resident and staff member who enters the building and testing everyone twice a week.

A week ago, data showed only two coronavirus cases at the center.

There have been more than 23,000 cases in North Carolina nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic.

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