102 patients, 49 staff tested positive for COVID-19 since January at Caldwell County long-term care facility

102 patients, 49 staff tested positive for COVID-19 since January at Caldwell County long-term care facility
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CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A COVID-19 outbreak has been identified at a Caldwell long-term care facility, according to Caldwell County health officials.

Health officials say 49 staff members and 102 patients at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation facility have tested positive for COVID-19 since January. Only 13 of those cases remain active.

Officials say the outbreak was not immediately identified because cases were reported directly to the state and not to the health department.

This is the second outbreak at the facility, which is licensed for 120 beds, according to the Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Health Service Regulation.

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