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5 new COVID-19 cases reported; 1 patient a Longleaf Neuro-Medical resident

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Wilson County reported five new positive COVID-19 cases, Tuesday including one patient who's a Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center resident. 

Of the county’s 254 total COVID-19 cases, 59% of patients have recovered from the virus, according to Tuesday’s figures. About 38% of those cases are still active, with 82 people isolated at home, and eight people hospitalized. 

Wilson County has had nine deaths associated with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

On Monday, county health officials reported that three Longleaf residents and a health care worker at the state-owned skilled nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. 

Longleaf has been experiencing an outbreak since early April. There are currently 21 Longleaf residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22 staff members, according to county data. The facility has also experienced two deaths associated with COVID-19. Elm City Assisted Living’s positive cases have remained the same which includes one resident and three staff members. The facility has also had one death associated with COVID-19. 

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday they were taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state. 

State health officials said all long-term care facilities in the state would receive personal protective equipment packs of needed supplies and facilities would receive a limited increased rate for some Medicaid services to support infection prevention and management. 

“We have a team dedicated to supporting our long-term care facilities as they protect our aging family members and loved ones who require round-the-clock care and the staff who care for them,” Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state’s health secretary said in a news release. “We want to help them do all that they can because once an outbreak occurs in a congregate living setting, it can be difficult to prevent the spread of the virus.” 

State health officials said PPE packs would go to more than 3,000 state-licensed long-term care facilities and includes a 14-day supply of face shields, procedure masks, gloves and shoe covers. State health officials also released updated testing guidance to clinicians that recommends testing people who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities. 

Statewide, there were nearly 20,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Tuesday’s figures from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The state’s death toll stood at 691. There were also 585 people hospitalized across the state. More than 265,000 tests have completed statewide. Wilson County has completed nearly 1,500 COVID-19 tests, according to Tuesday’s figures.