Alamance County Health Department has identified two COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities. These facilities include Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes, Burlington and Peak Resources, Graham. NC DHHS defines an outbreak as two confirmed cases in a period of 28 days within a long-term care facility.
Long term care facilities are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to do COVID-19 surveillance testing on a weekly basis as a protective factor for both staff and residents. Currently, Moneta Springs Care at Twin Lakes has four (4) cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed at the facility; two (2) staff and two (2) residents. One of the staff members is an Alamance County resident and one of the staff members is not.
“Twin Lakes Community is home to nearly 750 residents and 400 employees,” stated Pam Fox, President and CEO of Twin Lakes Community. “We have come together as a community to protect ourselves and one another from this virus. Among the precautions we have taken for many months, we engage in daily screening of all staff; we have limited visitors to our campus, we perform weekly testing of staff in our higher levels of care, and we have increased our cleaning and disinfecting, all to minimize the risk of infection. We are thankful that, at this point, all affected individuals are comfortable and doing relatively well. We are also grateful to our residents, staff, medical director and the Alamance County Health Department for their commitment to keeping our community at Twin Lakes safe.”
Peak Resources currently has three (3) cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed at the facility; two (2) staff and one (1) resident. One of the staff members lives in Alamance County and one does not.
“Both Twin Lakes and Peak Resources have both been working in close collaboration with the Alamance County Health Department,” stated the Interim Health Director, Alexandria Rimmer, “we will continue to provide recommendations and work closely to mitigate these outbreaks as quickly as possible.”
Alamance County Health Department identified its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 20. Since then, a total of 4622 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the community. Of those confirmed cases, 4214 have been released from isolation and 344 remain active and in isolation. Included in those active cases, 22 individuals are receiving care at a hospital. Sadly, there have been 64 COVID-19 related deaths. COVID-related deaths include only patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, and who died without fully recovering from the disease.
The community is reminded to limit their social and group interactions and practice the 3Ws – Wear, Wait and Wash. These important steps can reduce a person’s risk and the risk to their family, friends and neighbors.