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-Information courtesy Granville Vance Public Health
The following is an update for COVID-19 spread and response in Granville and Vance County as of July 7, 2020. Granville Vance Public Health numbers correlate with the NC Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NCEDSS) data.
The county case numbers reported on the NC county map from NC Department of Health and Human Services may differ from the ones reported locally as they are updated at different times and may change once residence is verified.
863 positive test results for COVID-19. Of those 863 results, 448 are community-spread cases located across Granville County, Of those 448, 323 have been released from isolation, and seven are hospitalized.
Of those 863 cases, 407 are affiliated with the prison system in Granville County and 92 of those 407 have been released from isolation.
Five of those 863 are associated with an outbreak at the Murdoch Development Center, all five of whom have been released from isolation.
Two of those 863 are associated with an outbreak at Central Regional Hospital.
One resident has tested positive for COVID-19 at Brantwood Nursing and Rehab Center. Three staff members have also tested positive.
There have been a total of 23 deaths in Granville County: one in the community, one at Central Regional Hospital, and 21 of whom were associated with the Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Complex.
Unfortunately, two more recent deaths have been reported associated with the outbreak at the prison: a 62-year-old male passed away on July 3 and a 61-year-old male passed away on July 4.
537 positive test results for COVID-19. Of those 537, 415 are community-spread cases located across Vance County. Of those 415, 210 have been released from isolation.
Of those 537, 122 are associated with outbreaks at congregate living facilities including 47 cases associated with Kerr Lake Nursing Home and 17 associated with Senior Citizens Home. The outbreak at Pelican Health nursing home is no longer active. Of the 122 cases in congregate living facilities in Vance County, 44 have been released from isolation.
Ten individuals in Vance County are hospitalized
There have been a total of 40 deaths in Vance County, 14 of whom were associated with the Pelican Health nursing home outbreak, 11 of whom were associated with Kerr Lake Nursing Home, and two of whom were associated with Senior Citizens Home.
Unfortunately, another recent death has been reported associated with the outbreak at Senior Citizens Home – a 63-year-old female passed away on July 6.
The number of those who have been ‘released from isolation’ is determined by the CDC Guidance for discontinuation of isolation for persons with COVID-19.
North Carolina has a prevention and detection-focused approach to testing for COVID-19 in long term care facilities. Because people are living in close proximity, these are settings that many states monitor for the spread of COVID-19. NC DHHS considers long term care facilities to be experiencing an “outbreak” if at least two individuals who are staff and/or residents have tested positive. An outbreak is considered over after 28 consecutive days with no new positive test results.
All long term care facilities in the district are testing staff and residents regularly and participate in a weekly call with Dr. Shauna Guthrie at Granville Vance Public Health. For schools, businesses, and other settings that are not congregate living facilities, the state considers multiple cases to be a “cluster.” A cluster is defined as both a minimum of five cases in the same facility within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiological linkage between cases.
Some additional cases being reported currently out of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) are related to a building on the Durham County side, and those cases will be reported to the Durham County Health Department for data entry into the NCEDSS system.
The Bureau of Prisons is doing its own testing on-site. For more about the response from the Bureau of Prisons, please see the prison’s website.
Granville Vance Public Health Information:
GVPH updates its website daily at approximately 5 p.m. with Vance and Granville COVID-19 statistics. Please visit www.gvph.org/COVID-19/ for the latest information.
GVPH also emails updates about COVID-19 in Granville and Vance counties each evening. You can sign up to receive these emails at www.gvph.org/covid-19.