Special to Iredell Free News
The Iredell County Health Department received notice of a COVID-19 outbreak at Summit Place of Mooresville, a long-term care facility. At this time, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services considers two or more cases in a long-term care facility to be an outbreak.
Five staff members and one resident have tested positive at the facility, state health officials reported.
The staff at Summit Place of Mooresville has worked in conjunction with the Iredell County Health Department to have all residents and employees tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.
The Iredell County Health Department is working with this facility to conduct contact tracing to determine who else may have been exposed to COVID-19. The facility continues to implement strict visitor restrictions and infection control precautions to help prevent any further spread of COVID-19.
Testing of all staff and residents was recommended by the health department after an individual working in the facility tested positive. Other than the initial case, residents and staff who have tested positive have been without symptoms.
The Iredell County Health Department has been encouraging all long-term care facilities in Iredell County to follow Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines and State directives meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A key part of these directives includes restricting visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, as well as strictly adhering to infection prevention practices.
For more information related to COVID-19 cases across North Carolina in Congregate Living Settings from NCDHHS, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/congregate-living-settings