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COVID-19 Blog: COVID-19 cluster reported at Randolph County day care center

For immediate questions, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 866-462-3821 or 2-1-1.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — WFMY News 2 is providing daily coronavirus updates with the latest information from emergency leaders, the state's task force, health departments, universities, school districts, and a lot more.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

9:00 p.m. - COVID-19 case reported at Southwestern Randolph Middle School.

Randolph County Schools sent the following:

"The Randolph County School System (RCSS) dealt with a COVID case involving exposure of individuals at Southwestern Randolph Middle School on 9/18/20.  Please know that the school system worked closely on this case with Randolph County Public Health.  All individuals who were exposed to the positive COVID case at the school are not permitted on RCSS campuses for 14 days and will participate in school remotely instead.  Any person who has been exposed has already been notified of this exposure and told not to come to school, or will be contacted by the leaders of Randolph County Public Health through their contact tracing process.  Also, a telephone message was sent to the homes of all students at the school to make parents aware of this case.  In addition, all staff members at the school were notified about the case through an email.  Our school system has followed all of the directives of Randolph County Public Health to ensure the safety of all students and staff members on the school's campus."

8:00 p.m. - North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports the following COVID-19 cases at nursing homes and rehab facilities.

From DHHS:

Guilford County:

Clapps Nursing Center

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 94 cases, 24 deaths

Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • 126 total cases
  • 97 residents
  • 29 staff
  • 22 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 126 total cases, 97 residents, 29 staff, 22 deaths

River Landing Assisted Living

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Maryfield Nursing Home

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths

Westchester Manor

  • 4 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS:  4 total cases, 0 residents, 4 staff, 0 deaths

Piedmont Christian Home (off the list - had 66 cases, 14 deaths (1 was an employee))

Verra Springs at Heritage Greens (off the list - 1st outbreak: 13 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 8 total cases, 0 deaths)

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro (off the list - 22 total cases, 0 deaths)

Dismas Charities of Greensboro (off the list - 9 total cases, 0 deaths)

Malachi House II (off the list - 16 total cases, 0 deaths)

St. Gales Estates (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Blumenthal's Nursing and Rehabilitation (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Camden Health and Rehab (off the list - 85 cases, 15 deaths)

Friends Home West (off the list - 6 cases, 0 deaths)

Guilford House (off the list - 25 cases, 4 deaths)

Abbotswood at Irving Park Assisted Living (off the list - 27 cases, 4 deaths)

Friends Home at Guilford (off the list - 4 cases, 0 deaths)

Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation (off the list - 58 cases, 3 deaths)

Forsyth County:

Trinity Elms

  • 34 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 3 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 34 total cases, 19 residents, 15 staff, 3 death

Trinity Glen

  • 54 total cases
  • 31 residents
  • 23 staff
  • 5 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 52 total cases, 29 residents, 23 staff, 5 deaths

Danby Assisted Living Facility (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 28 total cases
  • 22 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 4 deaths

Oak Forest Health and Rehab

  • 77 total cases
  • 47 residents
  • 30 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 77 total cases, 47 residents, 30 staff, 1 death
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 13 total cases, 1 resident, 12 staff, 0 deaths)

Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center

  • 9 total cases

  • 2 residents

  • 7 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 9 total cases, 2 residents, 7 staff, 0 deaths

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 22 cases, 12 residents, 10 staff, 1 death

Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab

  • 5 total cases

  • 1 resident

  • 4 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 5 total cases, 1 resident, 4 staff, 0 deaths

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 6 total cases, 4 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Accordius Health of Clemmons

  • 39 total cases

  • 33 residents

  • 6 staff

  • 4 deaths

  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 39 total cases, 33 residents, 6 staff, 4 deaths

Cadence Living at Clemmons

  • 4 total cases

  • 0 residents

  • 4 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 0 residents, 4 staff, 0 deaths

Southfork

  • 37 total cases
  • 30 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 37 total cases, 30 residents, 7 staff, 0 deaths

Brookridge Retirement Community

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 4 cases, 0 deaths

Kerner Ridge ALF

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Forsyth Co. Detention Center (off the list - 11 total cases)

The Oaks (off the list - 29 total cases, 1 death)

Forest Heights Senior Living Community (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Verra Spring at Heritage Woods (off the list - 6 total cases, 0 deaths)

Somerset Court at University Place (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Summerstone Health and Rehab Center (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (off the list - 2 cases, 0 deaths)

The Citadel at Winston-Salem (off the list - 69 cases, 4 deaths)

Brookridge Retirement Community (off the list - 4 cases, 0 deaths)

Homestead Hills Assisted Living (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

The Atrium/The Respite Center (off the list - 30 cases, 0 deaths)

Alamance County:

Alamance Health Care Center

  • 13 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 8 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 11 total cases, 5 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 2 new cases (both staff)

Alamance County Detention Center

  • 130 total cases (119 inmates, 11 staff)
  • 3 new cases today

Coble Creek

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff 
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Peak Resources Alamance

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 1 resident, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 total cases, 0 deaths

Blakely Hall Memory Care Facility

  • 19 total cases
  • 13 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 1 resident, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 17 new cases (12 residents, 5 staff), 1 person has died

Home Place of Burlington

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 1 resident, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

White Oak Manor (off the list, 134 total cases, 31 deaths)

Residential Treatment Services (off the list - 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Davidson County:

Pine Ridge Health and Rehab

  • 53 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 13 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 53 total cases, 40 residents, 12 staff, 6 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Davidson County Jail

  • 7 cases (3 staff, 4 inmates)

Mallard Ridge Assisted Living

  • 4 total cases
  • 3 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 3 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Piedmont Crossing

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Pelican Health

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths 
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths

Abbotts Creek Center

  • 11 total cases
  • 9 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 6 total cases, 4 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths.

  • Takeaway: 5 new cases (all residents)

Mount Vista Health Park

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Brookdale of Lexington (off the list - 19 total cases, 1 death)

Alston Brook (off the list - 1st outbreak: 63 cases, 8 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Spring Arbor of Thomasville (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Randolph County:

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

  • 28 total cases
  • 17 residents
  • 11 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 28 total cases, 17 residents, 11 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Randolph County Detention Center

  • 7 total cases (all inmates)

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 54 cases, 8 deaths

Woodland Hill Center (off the list - 57 cases, 6 deaths)

Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home (off the list - 8 cases, 0 deaths)

Rockingham County

Jacob's Creek Nursing and Rehab Center

  • 116 total cases
  • 75 residents
  • 41 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 114 total cases, 75 residents, 39 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: 2 new cases (both staff)

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Eden

  • 35 total cases
  • 26 residents
  • 9 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 22 total cases, 19 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 13 new cases (7 residents, 6 staff), 1 person has died

UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Health at UNC Rockingham Hospital 

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths

Stokes County

LifeBrite Long Term Care (affiliated with LifeBrite Community Hospital)

  • 4 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 2 total cases, 0 deaths

Walnut Ridge Assisted Living (off the list - 9 total cases, 0 deaths)

Stokes County Jail (off the list - 19 cases, 0 deaths

Surry County

Pruitt Health-Elkin

  • 72 total cases
  • 52 residents
  • 20 staff
  • 10 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 72 total cases, 52 residents, 20 staff, 10 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Yadkin Valley Senior Living (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 5 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 1 death

Surry Community Health and Rehab

  • 14 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 14 total cases, 11 residents, 3 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Central Continuing Care

  • 3 total cases

  • 1 resident

  • 2 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Surry County Jail (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Grover Simmons Church Road in Dobson (off the list - 9 cases, 0 deaths)

Wilkes County

Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • 117 total cases
  • 71 residents
  • 46 staff
  • 12 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 117 total cases, 71 residents, 63 staff, 12 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Wilkesboro Health and Rehabilitation (off the list - 5 total cases, 0 deaths)

Wilkes County Jail (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Montgomery County

Sandy Ridge Memory Care

  • 54 total cases
  • 41 residents
  • 13 staff
  • 4 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 41 residents, 13 staff, 4 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Autumn Care of Biscoe

  • 93 total cases
  • 57 residents
  • 36 staff
  • 10 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 82 total cases, 53 residents, 29 staff, 7 deaths
  • Takeaway: 11 new cases (4 residents, 7 staff), 3 more people died

Eckerd Commons Juvenile Justice Residential Program (off the list - 17 cases, 0 deaths)

Alleghany County

Bottomley Evergreens and Farms in Sparta

  • 127 total cases
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 127 cases
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Caswell County

Caswell House

  • 10 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 10 total cases, 8 residents, 2 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation/Yanceyville (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

5:30 p.m. - COVID-19 cluster reported at Randolph County day care center. 

The North Department of Health and Human Services reported a COVID-19 cluster at the First Church of God Dayschool. The dayschool is located on Weant Road in Archdale. 

Health leaders said there's a total of six cases. That includes five staff members and 1 child. 

DHHS added First Church of God Dayschool to the Covid-19 Clusters list today.

WFMY News 2 has contacted the dayschool awaiting a response. 

3:30 p.m. - The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will resume limited visitation at all the state’s prisons and in its juvenile justice facilities effective Oct. 1 with significant restrictions due to the pandemic. 

Prisons
Visitation in Prisons will resume under the following temporary conditions and precautions, subject to change:

•Visits will be by appointment only and may be canceled with little notice if dictated by health and safety concerns. Visits must be arranged through the individual facility and visitors should check to ensure the scheduled visits have not been canceled prior to leaving their residence to travel to the facility.
• Visitation will not be permitted if the prison is experiencing a significant outbreak of COVID-19 or if the facility is on Red Status.
• Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit at this time.
• All visitors will be medically screened with temperature checks, in addition to standard security procedures. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or who has a fever of 100 degrees or more, or who has been exposed to someone who is COVID-positive, will be denied entry.
• Offenders who are in medical isolation or medical quarantine, or who have any symptoms of COVID-19, will have their visit rescheduled.
• Visitation will be limited to two visitors per session. Each offender will be allowed one visit per calendar month. Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
• Visitation will take place outdoors, if possible and weather permitting. Physical contact will not be allowed. Offenders and visitors will be kept six feet apart and further separated by a screen if indoors. Visitation areas will be limited to 25% of capacity.
• Everyone must wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times and must sanitize their hands when entering and leaving the visitation area. Masks may not have offensive language, pictures or symbols. Gaiters, bandanas and masks with a one-way valve are not permitted. Masks will be provided if needed.
• No outside food, beverages or photos will be allowed. Water will be provided for offenders and visitors.
• All visitation areas will be thoroughly sanitized between each visitation session.
•Visitors should immediately inform the facility if they receive a diagnosis of COVID-19 or develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours after a visit.

Juvenile Justice
Visitation within Juvenile Justice facilities (youth development centers and state-operated juvenile detention centers) will resume under the following conditions:

• Visits must be scheduled in advance, by appointment only.
• Juveniles who are on isolation or quarantine, or who have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19, will have their visit rescheduled.
• All visitors will be medically screened with temperature checks, in addition to standard security procedures. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or who has a fever of 100 degrees or more, or who has been exposed to someone who is COVID-positive, will be denied entry.
• The visits will be non-contact only. Social distancing of at least six feet between juvenile and visitor will be enforced. Additionally, both juveniles and their visitor must wear face masks for the duration of the visit.
• If the facility grounds and weather conditions permit, visits may take place outdoors.
•Visitors should immediately inform the facility if they receive a diagnosis of COVID-19 or develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours after a visit.

11 a.m. - Guilford County announces COVID-19 testing at Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday

Guilford County announced COVID-19 testing will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum this from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“In an effort to continue to expand COVID-19 testing opportunities in Guilford County, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine is pleased to work with several community partners to host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for children and adults at the Greensboro Coliseum,” Guilford County said in a press release. “Guilford County Division of Public Health, Guilford County Emergency Management, Old North State Medical Society, United Healthcare, Cone Health, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, and the Greensboro Coliseum with support from the Thomas Consulting Group, Positive Direction for Youth and Families, Inc. and Chosen Generation Connection have all worked together to sponsor this event.”

Officials said the event is a drive-thru testing event and pre-registration is available as well as onsite registration.

The county said walk-up testing will also be offered and testing for children and adults will be available.  Officials said those who are planning to attend are asked to wear a face covering.

Officials said free meals will be given after testing while supplies last and voting registration will also be offered.

County officials ask all guests enter the coliseum parking lot at the Ellington Street entrance.

11 a.m. - NCDHHS releases latest coronavirus numbers

STATE

  • NEW CASES: 1,443
  • TOTAL CASES: 191,019
  • PERCENT POSITIVE: 5.1% ON 9/16
  • GUILFORD: 5.1%
  • FORSYTH: 3.5%
  • ALAMANCE: 5.3%
  • DAVIDSON: 5.4%
  • ROCKINGHAM: 6.7% (DOWN FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK)
  • RANDOLPH: 5.8%
  • NEW TESTS: 25,978
  • TOTAL TESTS: 2,749,020
  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: 904 WITH 94% OF HOSPITALS REPORTING DATA

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 3,668 CASES, 48 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 2,553 CASES, 34 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 6,747 CASES, 94 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 7,995 CASES, 176 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 2,638 CASES, 50 DEATHS
  • ROCKINGHAM – 1,115 CASES, 13 DEATHS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,2020

4:11 p.m. - Guilford County Schools announced voluntary workouts for athletics can begin on Monday, Sept. 28, for select sports.

This announcement aligns with the district’s proposed plan to gradually bring students back beginning the week of Sept. 28.  

3:15 p.m. - Gov. Cooper announces kindergarten through fifth grade can return to in-person learning but will leave it up to school districts to make that decision.

If schools decide to go with that option which is considered Plan A, it will not require a limited number of students in classrooms.

"We are able to open this option because most North Carolinians have doubled down on our safety and prevention measures and stabilized our numbers. The science of lower viral spread among younger children also backs up this decision," Cooper said.

He also said, Plan A may not be right at this time for many school districts and for every family. 

"Opportunities for remote learning need to be available for families who choose it. And districts will have the flexibility to select a plan based on their unique situation," Cooper said.

Masks will be required for in-person learning. 

"The more people wear masks and act responsibly, the more children we can get safely in our schools," Cooper said.

Here's what else is required under Plan A:

What's required:

  • Face masks for all
  • Social distancing
  • Symptom screening

What is not required:

  • A reduced number of kids in the classroom

3 p.m. - Gov. Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force will give an update on COVID-19 in North Carolina.

Noon - NCDHHS releases the latest COVID-19 numbers. 

We see an uptick in newly confirmed cases. It the highest amount since Sept 5. Hospitalizations remain stable, and the percent positive is staying near the 5% goal. Cone health hospitalizations also dipped this week despite an uptick Tuesday.

New cases: 1,552

Total cases: 189,576

Statewide hospitalizations: 894 with 96% of hospitals reporting

Positive tests: 5.6% on Sept. 15. It’s the seventh consecutive day of 4-5% range.

New tests: 24,950

Total tests: 2,714,175

Average testing turnaround time: 1.9 days

COUNTY NUMBERS: 

Alamance: 3,630 cases, 48 deaths

Caswell 303 cases, 3 deaths

Davidson: 2,519 cases, 33 deaths

Forsyth: 6,707 cases, 94 deaths

Guilford: 7,909 cases, 176 deaths

Randolph: 2,630 cases, 49 deaths

Rockingham: 1,098 cases, 13 deaths

Stokes: 398 cases, 3 deaths

Surry: 1,257 cases, 21 deaths

Wilkes: 1,134 cases, 31 deaths

Yadkin 700 cases, 7 deaths

10 a.m. - Christopher Ohl, M.D., an infectious disease expert with Wake Forest Baptist Health, will provide an update on COVID-19 in our region.

THE NUMBERS

  • The difference between what states are doing better and which ones are doing worse is mask use
  • Randolph, Guilford and Rockingham Counties are worse off than others because cases are not declining
  • “As we get into COVID months, the higher your baseline is, the harder you’re going to get hit during wintertime,” Ohl said.

SCHOOLS

Universities:

  • Wake has just over 70 cases
  • 90% have been amongst students who live off-campus
  • Not hearing about big parities like at other schools, Wake’s outbreaks are from smaller get togethers

Public Schools:

  • WS/FC haven’t opened

Private Schools:

  • “So far, so good,” Ohl said.
  • Using “Plan B’
  • “I think that gives a little bit of encouragement if public schools decided to bring students back for in-person learning in the future. If some of these things that private schools do are working we can keep students and staff safe in that environment," Ohl said.
  • “Would I just open with no masks or distancing and no measures in place? No! If you’re going to reopen one has to pay attention to details that are going to keep our teachers, students and staff safe,” Ohl said.

TRANSMISSION IN HOUSEHOLDS

  • A lot of spreading happening in families
  • If someone in your house gets the virus, they need to wear a mask at all times and stay away from others as much as possible

VACCINE TRIALS

  • AstraZeneca now back up and running, thinks it will be in the U.S. soon
  • One volunteer had inflammation in the spinal cord but that was the only instance and it’s what paused the trial and was deemed unlikely related to the vaccine
  • Moderna’s trial (the one at WFBH) – “we need more minorities in that study or disadvantaged people – ethnic and racial minorities because we need to make sure that trial is effective for everyone.”

FOOTBALL

  • Wake’s first game without fans
  • BIG 10 is coming back
  • Is it a good idea “We’ll have to see even though, like I said, cases are unusual in younger people, occasionally there can be severe cases. So every school, parent and team will have to take a look to see if they’re okay with the risks themselves,”  Ohl said .
  • Some schools have already had so many players with COVID that the team may be reasonably immune

FLU

  • “Flu vaccines are out there now, let’s get our flu shots. We don’t want two viruses circulating at the same time. One of them you can reasonably prevent with the flu shot,” Ohl said.
  • “There’s a myth that the flu shot can give you a false positive for COVID but that’s not true, it doesn’t so go get your flu shot.”
  • “Every year I get the flu shot it gives me the flu, that’s just not true.”

COVID-19 VACCINE

  • Not going to be widespread until next year
  • Healthcare workers and high-risk groups vaccinated first
  • Low-risk groups will be vaccinated down the road
  • “Will a vaccine be safe and effective? Effective? We won’t know until trials are done but so far so good on the safety things. I feel strongly that until a vaccine is safe and effective it shouldn’t be rolled out until it is and I’ll be there to let you know what I think,” Ohl said.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,2020

12 p.m. - Latest NCDHHS Coronavirus numbers

North Carolina coronavirus numbers have now spent 6 days at, near, or below the DHHS goal of 5%.

State Numbers

NEW CASES: 1,137

TOTAL CASES: 188,024

HOSPITALIZATIONS: 918 with 96% hospitals reporting

NEW TESTS: 22,517

TOTAL TESTS: 2,683,384

% POSITIVE: 5.8% on 9/14 (testing turnaround is 1.9 days)

County Numbers:

Guilford: 5.1%

Forsyth: 3.8%

Alamance: 5.5%

Rockingham: 8.5%

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

6 p.m. - NCDHHS releases latest nursing home data

Piedmont-Triad sees four new COVID-19 outbreaks at nearby nursing homes. The triad also saw eight outbreaks end.

FOUR NEW OUTBREAKS

    • Westchester Manor on Westchester Drive in High Point. 4 total cases (all staff members), no deaths.
    • Home Place of Burlington (as reported by Alamance Co. Health Dept., not DHHS). 2 total cases (1 resident, 1 staff), no deaths.
      • STATEMENT FROM facility's Executive Director:
        • “The health and safety of our community members remains our top priority, and our experienced professionals are working tirelessly to minimize opportunities for exposure to the virus,” said Bonnie Thompson, Executive Director of Home Place of Burlington. “These are the first cases of COVID-19 in our community and, while we continue to monitor the recovery of our resident who remains asymptomatic and under quarantine, we are pleased to report that our staff member has completed their quarantine and returned to work. We are committed to our ongoing practice of community-wide weekly testing, and will continue to follow all guidelines prescribed by the CDC, state and local health authorities.”
    • Abbots Creek Center on Hill Everhart Road in Lexington. 6 total cases (4 residents, 2 staff), no deaths.
    • Mount Vista Health Park on Mount Vista Road in Denton. 3 total cases (all staff), no deaths.

EIGHT OUTBREAKS END

    • Adams Farm Living and Rehab in Guilford County. Had 58 total cases (51 residents, 7 staff), 3 deaths.
    • Friends Home at Guilford in Guilford County. Had 4 total cases (1 resident, 3 staff), no deaths.
    • Abbotswood at Irving Park Assisted Living in Guilford County. 27 total cases (19 residents, 8 staff), 4 deaths.
    • The Atrium/The Respite Center in Forsyth County. 30 total cases (11 residents, 19 staff), 0 deaths.
    • Residential Treatment Services in Alamance County. 2 total cases (both residents), no deaths.
    • Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home in Randolph County. 8 total cases (2 residents, 6 staff), no deaths.
    • Stokes County Jail. 19 total cases (16 inmates, 3 staff).
    • Facility on Grover Simmons Church Road in Dobson (Surry County). 9 total cases, no deaths.
  • No significant spikes. Overall total of 41 new cases, 2 new deaths.

From DHHS:

Guilford County:

Clapps Nursing Center

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 94 cases, 24 deaths

Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • 126 total cases
  • 97 residents
  • 29 staff
  • 22 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 126 total cases, 97 residents, 29 staff, 22 deaths

Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation (outbreak over, DHHS took them off list)

  • 58 total cases
  • 51 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 3 deaths

Friends Home at Guilford (outbreak over, DHHS took them off list)

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths

Abbotswood at Irving Park Assisted Living (outbreak over, DHHS took them off list)

  • 27 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 8 staff
  • 4 deaths

River Landing Assisted Living

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Maryfield Nursing Home

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths

Westchester Manor (located at 1795 Westchester Drive, High Point)

  • 4 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths

Piedmont Christian Home (off the list - had 66 cases, 14 deaths (1 was an employee))

Verra Springs at Heritage Greens (off the list - 1st outbreak: 13 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 8 total cases, 0 deaths)

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro (off the list - 22 total cases, 0 deaths)

Dismas Charities of Greensboro (off the list - 9 total cases, 0 deaths)

Malachi House II (off the list - 16 total cases, 0 deaths)

St. Gales Estates (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Blumenthal's Nursing and Rehabilitation (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Camden Health and Rehab (off the list - 85 cases, 15 deaths)

Friends Home West (off the list - 6 cases, 0 deaths)

Guilford House (off the list - 25 cases, 4 deaths)

Forsyth County:

Trinity Elms

  • 34 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 3 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 34 total cases, 19 residents, 15 staff, 3 death

Trinity Glen

  • 52 total cases
  • 29 residents
  • 23 staff
  • 5 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 46 total cases, 26 residents, 20 staff, 5 deaths
  • Takeaway: 6 new cases (3 residents, 3 staff)

Danby Assisted Living Facility

  • 28 total cases
  • 22 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 4 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 28 total cases, 22 residents, 6 staff, 4 deaths

Oak Forest Health and Rehab

  • 77 total cases
  • 47 residents
  • 30 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 76 total cases, 47 residents, 29 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (staff)
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 13 total cases, 1 resident, 12 staff, 0 deaths)

Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center

  • 9 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 11 total cases, 3 residents, 8 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 22 cases, 12 residents, 10 staff, 1 death

Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab

  • 5 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 5 total cases, 1 resident, 4 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 6 total cases, 4 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

The Atrium/The Respite Center (outbreak over, DHHS took them off list)

  • 30 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 19 staff
  • 0 deaths

Accordius Health of Clemmons

  • 39 total cases
  • 33 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 4 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 31 total cases, 26 residents, 5 staff, 4 deaths
  • Takeaway: 8 new cases (7 residents, 1 staff)

Cadence Living at Clemmons

  • 4 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 0 residents, 4 staff, 0 deaths

Southfork

  • 37 total cases
  • 30 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 32 total cases, 26 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 5 new cases (4 residents, 1 staff)

Brookridge Retirement Community

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 4 cases, 0 deaths

Kerner Ridge ALF

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 2 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: minus 2 cases

Forsyth Co. Detention Center (off the list - 11 total cases)

The Oaks (off the list - 29 total cases, 1 death)

Forest Heights Senior Living Community (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Verra Spring at Heritage Woods (off the list - 6 total cases, 0 deaths)

Somerset Court at University Place (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Summerstone Health and Rehab Center (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (off the list - 2 cases, 0 deaths)

The Citadel at Winston-Salem (off the list - 69 cases, 4 deaths)

Brookridge Retirement Community (off the list - 4 cases, 0 deaths)

Homestead Hills Assisted Living (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

Alamance County:

Alamance Health Care Center

  • 11 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 10 total cases, 5 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths

Residential Treatment Services (outbreak over, DHHS took them off list)

  • 2 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths

Alamance County Detention Center

  • 127 total cases (116 inmates, 11 staff)
  • 1 new case today!!

Coble Creek

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Peak Resources Alamance

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 1 resident, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 total cases, 0 deaths

Blakely Hall Memory Care Facility

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 1 resident, 1 staff, 0 deaths

Home Place of Burlington (located at 118 Alamance Road, Burlington) – Reported by Alamance County Health Department

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths

White Oak Manor (off the list, 134 total cases, 31 deaths)

Davidson County:

Pine Ridge Health and Rehab

  • 53 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 13 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 52 total cases, 40 residents, 12 staff, 6 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (staff)

Davidson County Jail

  • 7 cases (3 staff, 4 inmates)

Mallard Ridge Assisted Living

  • 4 total cases
  • 3 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 3 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths

Piedmont Crossing

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Pelican Health

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths

Abbotts Creek Center (located at 877 Hill Everhart Road, Lexington)

  • 6 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths

Mount Vista Health Park (located at 106 Mount Vista Road, Denton)

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths

Brookdale of Lexington (off the list - 19 total cases, 1 death)

Alston Brook (off the list - 1st outbreak: 63 cases, 8 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Spring Arbor of Thomasville (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Randolph County:

Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home

  • 8 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 0 deaths

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

  • 28 total cases
  • 17 residents
  • 11 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 25 total cases, 14 residents, 11 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 3 new cases (all residents), 1 person has died

Randolph County Detention Center

  • 7 total cases (all inmates)

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 54 cases, 8 deaths

Woodland Hill Center (off the list - 57 cases, 6 deaths)

Rockingham County

Jacob's Creek Nursing and Rehab Center

  • 114 total cases
  • 75 residents
  • 39 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 114 total cases, 75 residents, 39 staff, 1 death

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Eden

  • 22 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 21 total cases, 18 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (resident)

Stokes County

Stokes County Jail

  • 19 total cases (16 inmates, 3 staff)

LifeBrite Community Hospital (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Walnut Ridge Assisted Living (off the list - 9 total cases, 0 deaths)

Surry County

Pruitt Health-Elkin

  • 72 total cases
  • 52 residents
  • 20 staff
  • 10 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 72 total cases, 52 residents, 20 staff, 10 deaths

Grover Simmons Church Rd. in Dobson

  • 9 total cases
  • 9 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths

Yadkin Valley Senior Living

  • 5 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 6 total cases, 5 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 person has died

Surry Community Health and Rehab

  • 14 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 14 total cases, 11 residents, 3 staff, 2 deaths

Central Continuing Care

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Surry County Jail (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Wilkes County

Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • 117 total cases
  • 71 residents
  • 46 staff
  • 12 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 117 total cases, 71 residents, 63 staff, 12 deaths

Wilkesboro Health and Rehabilitation (off the list - 5 total cases, 0 deaths)

Wilkes County Jail (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Montgomery County

Sandy Ridge Memory Care

  • 54 total cases
  • 41 residents
  • 13 staff
  • 4 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 41 residents, 13 staff, 4 deaths

Autumn Care of Biscoe

  • 82 total cases
  • 53 residents
  • 29 staff
  • 7 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 82 total cases, 53 residents, 29 staff, 7 deaths

Eckerd Commons Juvenile Justice Residential Program (no longer on the list, not sure if this is over though)

  • 17 total cases
  • 13 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths

Alleghany County

Bottomley Evergreens and Farms in Sparta

  • 127 total cases
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 127 cases

Caswell County

Caswell House

  • 10 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 10 total cases, 8 residents, 2 staff, 2 deaths

Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation/Yanceyville (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

2 p.m. – NCDHHS coronavirus task force holds briefing

  • NCDHHS secretary Mandy Cohen said more detailed information relating to COVID-19 data will be released later this week.
  • Cohen emphasized taking safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and abiding by the three W's.
  • Which means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.
  • Director Mike Sprayberry provided hurricane and disaster relief updates and gave tips for families to follow amid hurricane season.
  • Health leaders recommended getting vaccinated for the flu.
  • Cohen said case counts are more on the lower side, with percent positive around 5%.
  • Cohen said rallies and political events are often “higher-risk events”

  • “If you do want to attend political events, do it safely, do it with social distancing and do it with masks,” Cohen said.

Noon - NCDHHS releases latest COVID-19 numbers for Tuesday

North Carolina will remain in Phase 2.5 until October 2, unless Gov. Roy Cooper decided to replace the existing executive order before then.

North Carolina sees it’s fourth-straight day with percent positive at or below 5%, which is state health official’s goal in moving the state into the next phase.

STATE

  • 1,106 NEW CASES
  • 186,887 TOTAL CASES
  • 2,652,440 TOTAL TESTS (9,563 NEW TESTS)
  • 916 PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED with 94% HOSPITALS REPORTING

COUNTIES

  • GUILFORD: 7,782 CASES, 176 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH: 6,668 CASES, 91 DEATHS
  • ALAMANCE: 2,584 CASES, 48 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH: 2,611 CASES, 49 DEATHS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

6 p.m. - Alamance County sent out a press release informing the public an employee of an agency with offices within Alamance County Judicial Facilities tested positive for COVID-19 Monday.

Officials say they believe the person was last in the Alamance County Courthouse on August 28.

“As a precaution, the known locations in which this individual appeared have been cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Alamance County Health Department, CDC, and EPA protocols and guidance,” Alamance County said in a press release. “All persons who were in these facilities during this timeframe are strongly encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.”

Noon - NCDHHS releases Monday’s latest coronavirus numbers

STATE

  • 185,781 LAB-CONFIRMED COVID CASES
  • 845 NEW CASES, LOWEST SINCE SEPT. 8
  • 895 CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED with 92% REPORTING
  • 2,634,819 COMPLETED TESTS (13,313 NEW TESTS, 4.8% POSITIVE)

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 3,573 CASES, 48 DEATHS
  • CASWELL – 275 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • CHATHAM – 1,572 CASES, 57 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 2,452 CASES, 33 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 519 CASES, 6 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 6,634 CASES, 86 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 7,700 CASES, 174 DEATHS
  • MONTGOMERY – 986 CASES, 23 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 2,590 CASES, 49 DEATHS
  • ROCKINGHAM – 1,074 CASES, 13 DEATHS
  • STOKES – 387 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • SURRY – 1,242 CASES, 20 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 1,117 CASES, 28 DEATHS
  • YADKIN – 687 CASES, 7 DEATHS

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