COVID-19 outbreak detected at Raleigh assisted living facility

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Health officials Friday said that a COVID-19 outbreak was detected at an assisted living center in Raleigh.

The outbreak was confirmed at The Covington Assisted Living & Memory Care at 4510 Duraleigh Road, according to a news release from Wake County officials.

An outbreak is defined as two or more people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Wake County officials did not say if residents or workers were infected at The Covington Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Officials with The Covington later clarified that no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 but three employees have had positive tests. Neither employee worked while exhibiting symptoms and are currently being treated, a statement from the community said.

“Transparency is so important to us,” said Cassandra Nixon,  executive director. “I am so proud of  our staff for maintaining their vigilance and thinking of their residents and staff. At the first sign of any symptoms, they self quarantined and sought testing on their own. We all have a responsibility to protect others, especially the vulnerable population we serve.”

Out of an abundance of caution, The Covington says it will be testing all of its residents and staff early next week and will update families and the public.

Last Friday, three long-term care facilities were identified as having outbreaks. Another facility was determined to the be site of an outbreak on Saturday.

No other details about The Covington outbreak were released.

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