Outbreaks ongoing at care facilities

Special To The ONE
Staff Writer

HICKORY – Catawba County Public Health is seeing an increase in cases related to ongoing outbreaks at congregate care facilities. Based on test results received today, 31 residents and two staff at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Viewmont have been infected with COVID-19. No additional cases have been identified at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Two cases are associated with a small group home for adults in Catawba County.

“We have been conducting aggressive testing to help rapidly identify new cases associated with long-term care facilities,” said Catawba County Health Director Jennifer McCracken. “These numbers are a disheartening reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can spread in this environment. Families of facility residents are understandably worried about their loved ones, and we are committed to supporting these facilities as they work to protect and care for their residents.”

To read more of this article see the Saturday, May 30th edition of the Observer News Enterprise.