RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The number of active COVID-19 outbreaks in North Carolina nursing homes has reached a three-month high.
A total of 269 nursing homes were listed on Tuesday in the weekly flash list from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
That’s up 13 percent from last week and the most since Sept. 27, when there were 274.
The rise in outbreaks reflects a statewide and nationwide increase as case counts begin to reflect the spread of the virus that occurred over the winter break and the highly transmissible XBB.1.5 omicron variant begins to account for more cases.
The number of nursing homes on the list has gradually increased each week since Thanksgiving, topping 200 on Dec. 20 and rising to 237 last week.
According to the latest color map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two-thirds of the state’s counties are at the highest level of COVID.
NCDHHS also has 165 outbreaks in residential facilities, up 15 percent from last week and the most since Sept. 20, and 15 in correctional facilities, up from 11 last week.
3-month high for number of COVID-19 outbreaks in North Carolina nursing homes
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