- On May 12, 2020
Wake County has confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19 at two long-term care facilities operated by Brookdale Senior Living.
Our Public Health team has received test results showing positive cases of the virus – affecting both residents and staff – at Brookdale North Raleigh and Brookdale Wake Forest. No additional information about residents or employees within the facility will be disclosed.
“Rapidly identifying cases among residents and staff at congregate care outbreak sites is key to limiting the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Jeff Williams, who is overseeing the Wake County Emergency Operations Center’s public health branch today. “We’re working closely with the centers to conduct additional testing and provide guidance to prevent the further spread of the virus.”
Wake County Public Health defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as two or more people – residents or employees – testing positive for the virus.
The county recommends that in addition to adhering to the state’s order preventing outside visitation, the facilities follow its guidelines, which include:
- Ensuring staff wear the appropriate personal protective equipment at all times;
- Restricting employees from working at other locations;
- Practicing social distancing when possible; and
- Frequently cleaning surfaces with disinfectant.
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.
can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of
frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of
COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email
address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related
questions about COVID-19.
The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.