Dozens of residents, staff test positive for virus at Caldwell Co. assisted living facility

Dozens of residents, staff test positive for virus at Caldwell Co. assisted living facility

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — An assisted living center in Caldwell County is dealing with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 after dozens of residents and staff tested positive for the virus.

Over the weekend, the number of people who tested positive at the Brockford Inn Assisted Living Center in Granite Falls tripled.

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After more testing, the county is reporting 32 residents and 16 people who work there came back positive.

The owner can’t return to the facility after testing positive while caring for a resident.

“Just being around people and trying to comfort them and being in the middle of it, you know,” owner Brock Gates said. “It just transmits, and it is hard to, it’s hard to stop.”

He said he has had only mild symptoms.

Channel 9′s Dave Faherty was there on Friday when seven residents and five workers tested positive.

The first patient tested positive 10 days ago.

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“I feel safe here but the employees going out and coming back is a concern I have,” a resident said.

Friday, Gates said everyone was doing well but they are trying to maintain staffing by offering hazard pay for employees caring for COVID patients.

Those who tested positive can’t return to work for at least 10 days.

A spokesperson with the Caldwell County Health Department said they conducted the testing at the facility last week and are offering guidance to workers here on how to handle the outbreak.