Catawba County News
Outbreak Identified in Long-Term Care Facility
Published: August 18, 2020
Catawba County Public Health is investigating a newly identified outbreak of COVID-19 at Elmcroft of Newton, where 2 residents and 1 staff member have tested positive for the virus. The facility is informing residents, their family members, and staff about the situation.
This is the 11th congregate care facility outbreak identified in Catawba County. In a congregate living setting, a COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases.
The facility has conducted additional testing and is working closely with Public Health to ensure control measures are in place to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Public Health is in frequent communication with facility administrators and has advised the facility on cleaning and disinfection, and other best practices for infection control, such as providing meals and separating residents.
Public Health is continuing daily monitoring of all congregate care facilities in our community in order to respond as quickly as possible to reports of potential illness.
More information about Catawba County’s COVID-19 response and recommended prevention measures can be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov.