More than 70 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Friday in Nash County, but many of those cases are related to a new nursing home outbreak in the county.
Though the outbreak has not yet been reported by the state Department of Health and Human Services, Nash County Health Director Bill Hill identified the facility as the Hunter Hill Senior Living Facility in Rocky Mount. That facility, which has roughly 30 employees and more than 50 residents, has produced 33 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the past week or so, Hill said.
Hill said he expects to see more cases reported there in the coming days.
“We have had our eye on this situation for a while,” Hill said Monday. “This started with two elderly ladies who tested positive. But with these congregate living facilities, it’s like dry grass in a wildfire. And this is an especially high-risk living facility.”
Hill said the Nash County Health Department is doing everything it can to control the situation.
“We heard reports that masks were not being worn there the way they should, so we sent some nurses in Friday night for an unannounced on-site inspection to observe conditions and operations. We found everything to be satisfactory,” Hill said.
No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak, but two Nash County residents died from COVID-19 over the weekend. Both were elderly men in their 80s with pre-existing health conditions. This brings the total number of Nash County deaths to six.
While the outbreak accounted from some of the increase in cases over the weekend, it did not account for all. Last week, from June 19 to June 26, the Nash County Health Department reported 49 new cases, Hill said Monday. From Friday to Monday, another 72 cases were added.
While 388 total cumulative cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday in Nash County, another 44 cases were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 432. However, four previous cases were transferred to other counties as more investigation was done into the residency of recent positive cases. Those transfers reduced the total number of cases to 428.
On Sunday, 12 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of new cases to 52 and the total number of cumulative cases in Nash County to 440.
Another 22 cases were reported on Monday, bringing the total number of cumulative confirmed cases to 462. Of that number, 240 people are considered recovered, 193 are isolated at home, 23 are hospitalized and six have died.
The Edgecombe County Health Department reported 12 new cases over the weekend. The cumulative number of confirmed cases rose from 300 posted on Friday to 312 on Monday. Of that number, 271 are considered recovered and nine have died.