Brunswick County Health Services identifies cases of COVID-19 in congregate living facility (Arbor Landing of Ocean Isle)
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Health Services has identified five individuals at a congregate living community in the county who recently received positive test results for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Four residents at Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle recently received positive test results and are isolating in private rooms. One employee also received a positive test result and is isolating at home.
All residents and employees have been tested at this time and will be re-tested at a date still to be determined.
Health Services team members are in regular communication with management at Arbor Landing to provide guidance and examine the facility’s infection control processes. The facility has already contacted all employees and family members of residents about this situation.
In accordance with requirements from the NCDHHS, all employees have worn face masks while at work and facility residents also have personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear when leaving their rooms.
No further information concerning the facility’s employees or residents will be shared. Health Services will provide another update should it identify additional positive cases at the facility.
People can take simple actions each day to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly through asymptomatic spread. Everyone is urged to follow the three Ws when visiting any public area to best protect one another from the spread of the virus. These efforts work best when they are all practiced together by as many people as possible:
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public (Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered and you are able to breathe normally while wearing it.)
- Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact and maintain appropriate social distancing between yourself and others
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while also following other best hygiene practices
The NCDHHS defines an outbreak at a congregate care living facility as being two or more people—including residents or employees—who receive a positive test for the virus within a 28-day period. The NCDHHS reports on outbreaks in congregate living facilities statewide on its COVID-19 dashboard at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/congregate-living-settings
As of July 10, there are 751 positive cases of COVID-19 among county residents (354 considered recovered, 377 isolating at 304 households, 12 hospitalized, 8 deaths) and 14 cases among non-residents (1 isolating in county, 8 considered recovered, 3 transferred monitoring to home county, 2 deaths).
Brunswick County updates its case counts on its website daily and recently launched its COVID-19 Dashboard to report data concerning resident cases. Find the latest information on case counts (including demographic data) on our Latest Information on Coronavirus webpage.
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