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Bolivia Facility Reports COVID-19 Outbreak

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Employees and residents at a congregate living facility in Brunswick County have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, meeting the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ definition of an outbreak.

Brunswick County Health Services said that one employee and one resident at the facility received positive test results for COVID-19 Saturday at the Universal Health Care of Brunswick facility in Bolivia. Officials said Wednesday that the facility had since completed testing and received results for all residents and employees at the facility and identified 17 residents and seven employees with positive test results for COVID-19. All were said to be doing well.

The Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak at a congregational living facility as being two or more people, including residents or employees, who receive a positive test for the virus within a 28-day period.

All positive facility resident cases are isolated in rooms in a dedicated section of the building, officials said. The facility also has dedicated staff members who only work in this section to further separate positive residents from other residents.

All employees with a positive test result have isolated at home with any household contacts in quarantine since they received their test.

No further information concerning the facility’s employees or residents will be shared, officials said.

As of Wednesday there were 262 positive cases of COVID-19 and three deaths among Brunswick County residents. Of those, 142 were considered recovered, 113 were isolating at 85 different homes and four were isolating at a hospital. There were also 11 cases among nonresidents, with two deaths, six recovered patients and three who transferred monitoring to their home county.

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