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2 staff at Brantwood nursing home test positive for COVID-19

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OXFORD — Officials on Tuesday said two employees at Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Brantwood told residents and family members on June 22 that one staff member had tested positive, a press release said. The center followed up by testing all 110 employees and 56 residents, which found a second employee had tested positive. 

No residents have the virus. 

Brantwood is operated by Granville Health System. It is the first nursing home in the county with at least two known cases; about 200 congregate living facilities in the state have outbreaks. 

“The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority,” said CEO John F. Snow in a statement. “If a resident is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify the resident directly and contact loved ones or a representative with whom the resident has given us permission to communicate.” 

As of Monday, there were 801 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Granville County, according to Granville Vance Public Health. Half, 403, were associated with the federal prison in Butner, and most of the remaining, 391, were of members of the community. 

Small outbreaks have also been reported at Murdoch Developmental Center and Central Regional Hospital.

Of the 19 deaths reported in Granville County, 17 were associated with the prison. One was a community member and one was a resident of Central Regional Hospital.

Granville Health System said it is communicating with local and state health officials regarding the outbreak at Brantwood. Earlier this year, it restricted visitation, increased sanitation procedures, required the use of personal protective equipment like masks, and regularly tested staff and residents. 

It has also postponed group activities and prohibited voluntary leave of absences.