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The novel coronavirus continues to spread in congregate settings throughout North Carolina, which include nursing homes, residential care facilities, jails, prisons, shelters and migrant farm housing.
Around 51 percent of the state’s population are considered more vulnerable to COVID-19. That includes people over age 65, and those with a wide range of medical conditions, such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, obesity, lung diseases, liver diseases, hypertension and many more, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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People who live in congregate settings tend to have more of these chronic conditions and are also older, and thus more vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19.
Nearly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carolina Public Press and other members of the North Carolina Watchdog Reporting Network sought information on the number of people infected at nursing homes, residential care homes and other congregate facilities.
Specifically, the news organizations wanted to know which locations had positive cases, and where people had died of COVID-19. The state of North Carolina initially did not release this information to anyone.
In late April, DHHS reversed its stance on identifying nursing homes with outbreaks. Among nursing homes with the largest outbreaks, the news collaboration has discovered a track record of lax practices and disease control protocols.
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DHHS defines an outbreak as two or more people with the disease at a facility, which can include staff members.
See below for a searchable database of information that has been publicly released about outbreaks at nursing homes across North Carolina. It will be updated as the state releases updated information.
This database was last updated on Sept. 15, 2020.