HENDERSON — COVID-19 has claimed more lives in Granville and Vance counties, with the toll in each now standing at 92 people, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports.
Public health officials learned of the two most recent deaths in Vance County, the first since June, on Aug. 23 and Aug. 25, DHHS said without offering any detail about the victims.
Reports on the two latest deaths in Granville County arrived on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, according to the DHHS online data dashboard it’s set up to help people track the pandemic.
All told, 204 people in Vance, Granville and Warren counties have died because of the coronavirus and COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.
Health officials are tracking active outbreaks of the virus at the Brantwood Nursing and Retirement Center in Oxford, Universal Health in Oxford, the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, the Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson, and the Warren Hills Nursing Home near Warrenton.
A new addition to the list came this week when DHHS added the Vance County Jail to the outbreaks list. It said two staff members at the jail and seven prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19.
State and local officials are also continuing to track a pair of outbreaks at the Falls Lake Academy, a charter school in Granville County near Butner and Creedmoor. Thirteen students there have tested positive.
In Vance County, officials continue to track an outbreak at E.M. Rollins Elementary School. DHHS reporting lags behind the case counts reported publicly by the Vance County Schools, which as of Wednesday was saying that 14 students and a staff member have tested positive and are currently in quarantine.
District spokeswoman Aarika Sandlin said the students are “participating in virtual class sessions taking place each day,” and using “their Google classroom.”
School officials are encouraging families with internet-accessibility issues to let them know so they can address each situation individually, she said.
Students in quarantine receive a return date that’s “based on guidance” from Granville-Vance Public Health, she said.
Meanwhile at the school level, “we continue with all of our layers of protection including face covering, temperature checks, desk shields, physical distancing, hand washing” and other precautions, she said. “All areas of our buildings are sanitized throughout the day, every day, with special attention given to those where clusters were.”
There’s at least one case and its associated quarantine going on at all of the Vance district’s schools, save for Aycock Elementary School and Vance Virtual Academy, which had none as of Wednesday’s reporting.
The largest outbreak is at Vance County High School, where 15 students and a staff member were confirmed COVID-positive and quarantined. School officials announced on Wednesday that virus exposures had prompted them to reschedule or cancel the football team’s next two games.
In Warren County, the Warren County School were reporting Wednesday that 38 students and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The district said 378 students and 18 staff members are quarantined.
The largest number of cases and quarantines were at Warren County High School, with the district reporting that 16 students had tested positive and 78 were quarantined. Four staff members of Warren High were also quarantined.
Case numbers have dropped off at the Butner federal prison, where as of Wednesday six inmates and six staff members had active cases of COVID-19. There were six active cases among the prisoners of the state’s Polk Correctional Institution, which is also in Butner.
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