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County reports COVID-19 outbreak at Wake Forest nursing home

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WAKE FOREST — A Wake Forest nursing home has a COVID-19 outbreak, the Wake County Public Health team said Thursday.

Hillside Nursing and Rehab, 968 Wait Avenue, had both staff and residents test positive for the coronavirus.

The county also announced outbreaks at Tower Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Raleigh and Waltonwood Senior Living in Cary.

No additional information about residents or employees will be released, the public health team said.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as two or more people testing positive for the virus. More than 100 nursing homes across the state have ongoing outbreaks, including six in Wake County, according to N.C. DHHS.

Nursing homes have been responsible for 4,316 positive cases and 647 deaths since March 15.

Facilities in Wake County have to follow public health guidelines, including ensuring staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times, prohibiting visitors from entering, restricting employees from working at other locations, practicing social distancing and cleaning frequently, the public health team said.

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