PruittHealth-Trent, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on 836 Hospital Drive across the street from CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that so far has affected 32 staff and patients there.

Fourteen staff and 18 patients have tested positive for the virus in the first outbreak at a Craven County nursing facility.

Another facility, Cherry Point Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 110 McCotter Blvd. in Havelock, reported that two staff members there have tested positive for COVID-19.

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The outbreak at PruittHealth-Trent could account for a large portion of the 49 cases that have been added to Craven County’s total cases since Friday afternoon.

Craven County has 540 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on July 22, 2020.

 

Craven County COVID-19 snapshot

Total Confirmed 

Active

Recovered 

Deaths

Hospitalized 

540

65

467

8

5

Out of the 540 confirmed positive cases throughout Craven County, 467 of those individuals have recovered, are doing well, and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Of the 540 cases, 12 have been related to out of state travel, 118 are from community transmission, 388 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 22 are still being investigated.

There have been eight deaths related to COVID-19. Five of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

The Craven County Health Department works with state, commercial, and private labs to track the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County. Health care providers determine which lab they send their COVID-19 tests to. There are multiple hospital and commercial labs that conduct COVID-19 tests. These labs manage their own supplies and operate independently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

The facility, formerly known as Twin Rivers Healthcare Trent Campus, is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and is one of many in the PruittHealth family of providers throughout the Southeast. It provides short- and long-term care processes.

PruittHealth-Trent and PruittHealth-Elkin, both in North Carolina, and PruittHealth-Lanier (in Buford, Ga.) are operating at Alert Code Red status due to COVID-19 cases at those campuses, the company announced on July 15.

Due to recent surges, communities across the Southeast are experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases, the company said.

“PruittHealth continues to follow the latest guidelines from public health officials and implement infection control procedures for the safety of its patients and staff,” the company said in a news release. “The organization has been in communication with the affected individuals’ families, physicians, and local health departments.”

By initiating Alert Code Red status, the centers will continue to implement enhanced infection control protocols, including but not limited to, increasing cleaning frequency, postponing communal activities, ceasing visitation, and screening staff and patients daily.

The three centers will also further restrict staff to only essential personnel and new admissions will cease. PruittHealth continues to urge staff to avoid contact with those who are sick and consult with a physician if they do not feel well.

PruittHealth is closely monitoring all patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Patients’ families or staff with questions or concerns related to COVID-19 should contact the PruittHealth Emergency Operations Center at 855-742-5983.

A family-owned organization for 50 years, PruittHealth provides a network of post-acute care services and resources, offering skilled nursing care, home health care, end-of-life hospice care, therapy services, as well as pharmacy and infusion services across the Southeast.

Its16,000 employed partners serve approximately 24,000 patients daily in more than 180 locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For more information, visit pruitthealth.com.

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