Wake County Reports COVID-19 Outbreak at The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner
Outbreak Defined as Two or More People Testing Positive
The following is a news release issued by Wake County on the afternoon of June 18. The county, not the Town of Garner, collects and reports data on COVID-19 cases in the town.
Wake County has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at The Laurels of Forest Glenn, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Garner.
Our Public Health team has received test results showing positive cases of the virus in residents at the facility, located at 1101 Hartwell Street, Garner. No additional information about residents or employees within the facility will be disclosed.
“COVID-19 can spread quickly when people live close to each other, as they do in long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Kim McDonald, Wake County medical director. “Quick action can slow the spread of the virus, and we’re working closely with The Laurels of Forest Glenn to protect their residents and staff.”
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as two or more people – residents or employees – testing positive for the virus.
The county recommends that, in addition to adhering to the state’s order preventing outside visitation, facilities follow its guidelines, which include:
- Ensuring staff wear the appropriate personal protective equipment at all times;
- Restricting employees from working at other locations;
- Practicing social distancing when possible;
- Frequently cleaning surfaces with disinfectant; and
- Restricting visitors.