OXFORD — Two more people in the region died because of COVID-19 in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Granville-Vance Public Health officials said.
An 80-year-old man who lived in Granville County died on Nov. 22, and an 83-year-old resident of the Senior Citizens Home Inc. nursing home in Vance County died on Nov. 24, the agency reported on Wednesday.
The Senior Citizens Home victim was the seventh resident of the Ruin Creek Road facility to perish since a second COVID-19 outbreak began there this fall, and the ninth overall.
Reporting from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service indicates that 24 staff members and 48 residents of Senior Citizens Home have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest outbreak there.
Health officials declare an outbreak over when 28 days pass without any sign of a new infection. Once they do, the emergence of two or more subsequent cases gets listed as a new outbreak.
The victim in Granville County was “in the community,” meaning he wasn’t a resident of one of the congregate-living facilities in the county with known outbreaks.
Granville-Vance Public Health said officials are monitoring four such outbreaks in Granville County, with the newest ones being at RHA Health Services in Stem and at the Universal Health Care nursing home in Oxford.
RHA is a private facility that specializes in caring for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Universal Health was the scene this summer and early fall of the region’s second-deadliest single outbreak of COVID-19, which claimed the lives of 21 residents before running its course in late October. The new outbreak there appeared in Granville-Vance’s reporting on Wednesday, but has yet to show up on DHHS’ twice-weekly report.
An outbreak at the Granville House assisted living center in Oxford has claimed two lives. As of Wednesday, 11 residents and 23 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
The remaining outbreak on the Granville-Vance Public Health list, at the state’s Murdoch Developmental Center, emerged early in the pandemic and has never come off the state and local watch lists. Two residents there have died.
As of Tuesday, DHHS said, 90 staff members at Murdoch and 62 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Granville-Vance’s outbreak listing doesn’t include two Butner-area prisons, the state’s Polk Correctional Institution and the Butner federal prison complex, which report their infection statistics separately.
The federal prison is the site of the region’s largest and deadliest outbreak, which began early in the pandemic and continues. The virus has helped kill 27 inmates and a prison guard. On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said 52 inmates and 10 prison employees have confirmed active cases of COVID-19.
At Polk, there were nine active cases among inmates as of Wednesday, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
The Department of Public Safety said there are also 19 active cases among inmates of the Warren Correctional Institution, which is just outside the Manson community in Warren County.
State and local officials are also tracking an outbreak at the Warren Hills Nursing Center, in Warren County between Norlina and Warrenton. Two staff members there have tested positive for COVID-19.
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