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Wake County health officials confirm another COVID-19 outbreak at nursing home

Posted June 18, 2020 5:49 p.m. EDT
Updated June 18, 2020 5:53 p.m. EDT

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— Wake County health officials have confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Garner.

The outbreak was reported among residents at The Laurels of Forest Glenn, located at 1101 Hartwell St. No additional information about the number of residents or if employees were impacted have been disclosed.

“COVID-19 can spread quickly when people live close to each other, as they do in long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Kim McDonald, Wake County medical director. “Quick action can slow the spread of the virus, and we’re working closely with The Laurels of Forest Glenn to protect their residents and staff.”

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as two or more people — residents or employees — testing positive for the virus.

Earlier this week, it was reported that some nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in North Carolina were reporting fewer cases or situations where the virus spread has halted.

WRAL's Data Trackers have determined 18 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases in North Carolina are in long-term care facilities. With the addition of prisons and other group homes, infections in congregate living settings goes up to 24 percent of the state total.

Deaths in congregate living facilities make up 68 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities.

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