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COVID-19 deaths rise at 2 Guilford County nursing facilities, according to latest state report

COVID-19 deaths rise at 2 Guilford County nursing facilities, according to latest state report

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GREENSBORO — Another 10 residents have died due to complications from COVID-19 at Guilford County nursing homes, according to state health officials.

Two people connected to Camden Health and Rehabilitation and eight connected to Clapp's Nursing Center in Pleasant Garden have died since Friday's state-issued report, according to a semi-weekly update Tuesday on outbreaks of the illness in so-called "congregate living" sites such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. 

Clapp's has 58 cases overall, with 14 staff members and 44 residents testing positive. That’s three more staff members and 12 more residents than in Friday’s report. The nursing home's 11 deaths, up from three reported on Friday, are all residents, according to the report.

In an email Wednesday, Clapp's administrator disputed the state's statistics.

"It is our understanding that there are a total of eight deaths from this facility that were attributed to COVID-19," Danielle Hollowell said in an email. "It is incorrect to say that there have been eight COVID-19 deaths at our facility since Friday."

However, Guilford County Emergency Management Director Don Campbell said that the state statistics are correct and that the 11 residents from Clapp's who died had been diagnosed with COVID-19.  

Sarah Lewis Peel, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, agreed. Later Wednesday she said that state officials had reached out to Clapp's to clarify the situation.

"It was just a misunderstanding at the facility of the case definition," she said, referring to how the state defines the deaths in connection with nursing homes.

The state's update notes that data are preliminary and are subject to change as more information is obtained during outbreak investigations. The state report does not indicate when deaths occurred.

Hollowell also noted in her email that "we have had far, far more residents recover from COVID than not."

Camden has 44 overall positive cases of the virus — 14 staff members and 30 residents. That represents an increase of five, all residents, from Friday’s report. The facility has had six deaths, all residents or former residents, which is an increase of two since Friday's report.

James Detter, Camden's executive director, said in an email Wednesday that the additional deaths were former patients who had been discharged weeks ago.

"We continue to grieve for the loss of these patients and continue to pray for their families," he said.

Campbell said county health officials included the two latest deaths in Camden's statistics because the incubation period of the illness indicated the patients contracted the disease while at the facility.   

There were no changes from Friday's report for two other outbreaks in the county. Malachi House II in eastern Greensboro still has three residents who tested positive and no deaths. Rudd Farm on Hicone Road in northeast Greensboro remains at nine cases and no deaths.

Malachi House is a prison alternative, faith-based residential treatment program that helps men learn vocational skills and find jobs.

MAY 12 REPORT: COVID-19 Ongoing Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings

State health officials define an “ongoing outbreak” at a residential facility as at least two cases of COVID-19 confirmed through lab testing.

An earlier outbreak reported at Heritage Greens in Greensboro has ended, state health officials said. Four cases had been reported at the residential care center.

An outbreak is considered over after 28 days have passed since symptoms first appeared in the last case, state officials have said.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate flu-like symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover.

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