Wake County identifies 18 COVID outbreaks at nursing homes in 2 days

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County has reported COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 nursing homes in a span of two days.

County officials listed six outbreaks Thursday, a day after they identified outbreaks at 12 others.

Five of the six had outbreaks previously. This is the fourth for two of them — Hillside Nursing and Rehab in Wake Forest, and Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Raleigh.

Among the others listed Thursday:

  • Cardinal of North Hills in Raleigh, second outbreak.
  • The Retreat at Cary, second outbreak.
  • Zebulon Rehabilitation Center, first outbreak.
  • Sunrise of Raleigh, second outbreak.

Six of the dozen nursing homes listed Wednesday have had at least three outbreaks. One of those — Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center — has had five.

The weekly list of outbreaks from the state Department of Health and Human Services included two of those facilities: Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center had 17 cases (15 residents, two staff) while BellaRose Nursing and Rehab had four cases (three residents, one staff).

The county says it is not releasing any additional information about affected residents or employees.

The Cardinal at North Hills issued the following statement:

As reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, The Cardinal at North Hills is currently listed under active outbreak status with 11 total cases. This includes a total of 5 associates in quarantine, experiencing minor to no symptoms. The remaining cases, three residents and three associates, have cleared quarantine protocol and returned to normal activities.

At The Cardinal, we continue to follow and adapt to changing federal, state and local guidelines as we have throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. We have also implemented protocols beyond what is required, including requiring vaccination for all associates and the weekly testing of associates and residents, to minimize the spread and maximize containment of the virus. Our number one priority is the safety, health and well-being of all residents and associates.

Tom Ford, Executive Director of the Cardinal at North Hills

The surge in outbreaks is something the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association has been tracking closely.

“Despite having a significant number of vaccinated residents and staff members, North Carolina nursing homes have seen a similar rise in Covid cases in the wake of the holidays and an increase in family gatherings,” said NCHCFA President and CEO Adam Sholar.

“Fortunately, symptoms have been relatively mild and residents are recovering from the virus with better outcomes and significantly fewer hospitalizations than we’ve seen previously.”

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