45 Patients, 5 Employees Have Tested Positive
The Harnett County Health Department announced today they have received confirmation of additional positive cases of COVID-19 linked to residents and staff at a Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Universal Healthcare Lillington.
The current number of cases associated with Universal Healthcare Lillington is 50. This includes 45 residents and 5 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. The additional testing that led to these results was part of a comprehensive public health investigation based on a confirmed outbreak which was identified on April 21st.
A COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory confirmed cases, according to Public Health Officials with the Harnett County Health Department. During the outbreak, there has been one COVID-19 resident death associated with the facility.
John Rouse, Harnett County Health Director stated, “The safety of all Harnett County residents is our priority. Since the outbreak, our staff and partners, including Harnett Health, Harnett County Emergency Services, and our Environmental Health Division, have been communicating with facility leadership and making recommendations to care for those affected and to reduce the risks for other residents and staff at the facility.”
“In order to save lives and keep people healthy, we need everyone to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance, and frequently washing your hands. We are encouraging the community to follow the Public Health Orders that have been issued to help stop the spread of this disease in our community.”
The data derived from the confirmed positive cases for Harnett County:
- Confirmed cases 113
- Recovered cases 48
- Deaths reported 5
- Age range 2-97 years
- Average age 55
- Gender 54% female and 46% male
Data contained in this release is subject to change as cases are investigated and additional testing is performed.