OXFORD — A resident of the state’s Murdoch Developmental Center has died because of COVID-19, the second at that facility and the 54th resident of Granville County to succumb since the start of the pandemic.
Granville-Vance Public Health reported the latest coronavirus fatality in the area late last week, without giving the victim’s gender or the day he or she died. Murdoch is one of three state facilities like it in North Carolina that specialize in caring for people with “intellectual and developmental” disabilities.
The COVID-19 outbreak at Murdoch emerged in late May, and has never dropped off the statewide tracking report issued twice each week by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, meaning there hasn’t been a 28-day stretch go by without a new case emerging there.
As of Friday, DHHS said there have been 144 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Murdoch, 84 among the facility’s staff and 60 among its residents.
Murdoch is one of four governmental facilities based in Butner that’s reported coronavirus cases.
The state’s Central Regional Hospital, which handles psychiatric care, has reported one fatality. The N.C. Department of Public Safety has reported that nine inmates of the Polk Correctional Institution have tested positive so far in the pandemic. There have been no fatalities at Polk.
The region’s largest outbreak remains the one at the Butner federal prison, which so far has claimed the lives of 26 inmates and a prison guard. Twenty-two of the inmate deaths are included in the Granville County total because they were housed in portions of the facility based in Granville. The other four inmates were in a Durham County unit and the guard lived in Winston-Salem.
Case numbers in the Butner prison spiked again this fall, the latest increases occurring among inmates and staff of the prison hospital. As of Monday, 97 inmates and six staff members of the prison had active cases of COVID-19, along with five staff members in other units of the prison.
DHHS officials said late last week that they were also tracking an outbreak at the Granville House assisted-living center that’s seen five staff members and five residents test positive for the virus. A coronavirus cluster at the YMCA Remote Learning Support Center includes positive tests for three staff members and two children.
In Vance County, a second outbreak at Senior Citizens Home Inc. has produced 29 new cases, nine among staff and 20 among residents of the nursing home. So far there have been no additional fatalities there. The first outbreak, in the summer, contributed to the deaths of two residents.
Forty-seven residents of Vance County have died because of the virus.
DHHS is also tracking a second outbreak at the Warren Hills Nursing Center in Warrenton that has seen two staff members test positive for COVID-19. A prior outbreak there ran its course after infecting a staff member and two residents.
COVID-19 has claimed seven lives in Warren County.
In Louisburg, DHHS reported that there’s been an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Franklin County Jail. Five staff members and 33 prisoners have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The state’s also tracking an outbreak at the Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center among five members of the nursing home’s staff.
The coronavirus has contributed to 32 deaths in Franklin County.
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