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Wilkes County Nursing Home reports 93 positive cases



A nursing home in Wilkes County is dealing with an outbreak of at least 93 coronavirus cases. The Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro has 34 staff members and 59 residents who tested positive for the virus, according to a report from the Wilkes County Department of Health. On Wednesday, the health department said the 16th person to die from the virus in their community was a Westwood Hills resident. The individual was a person in their 70s who had basic health conditions, officials said. This person is the fifth individual from the object explosion to die from coronavirus. “On behalf of the Wilkes County Local Health Department and the Government, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family,”

; said County Health Director Rachel Willard. “This unfortunate situation is a reminder that we must continue to pursue social distancing to protect ourselves and those around us, especially those who are at an increased risk, and who are most at risk.” State health officials define an outbreak as two confirmed cases within a long-term care institution. As of Wednesday afternoon, Wilkes County had reported 854 confirmed cases of the virus. There are now five people hospitalized in Wilkes County.

A nursing home in Wilkes County is dealing with an outbreak of at least 93 cases of coronavirus.

The Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro has 34 staff members and 59 residents who tested positive for the virus, according to a report from the Wilkes County Department of Health.

On Wednesday, the health department announced that the 16th person to die from the virus in their community was a Westwood Hills resident.

The individual was a person in his 70s who had basic health conditions, officials said.

This person is the fifth individual from the object explosion to die from the coronavirus.

“On behalf of the Wilkes County Local Health Department and the Government, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family,” said County Health Director Rachel Willard. “This unfortunate situation is a reminder that we must continue to pursue social distancing to protect ourselves and those around us, especially those who are at greater risk, and who are most at risk.”

State health officials define an outbreak as two confirmed cases within a long-term care institution.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Wilkes County had reported 854 confirmed cases of the virus.

There are currently five people hospitalized in Wilkes County.


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