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COVID-19 outbreak reported at Central Regional Hospital

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BUTNER — Two people at Central Regional Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus, county health officials said Monday. 

No other details were released. The hospital is a state-operated psychiatric hospital. 

It is the third congregate setting in Granville County with a confirmed outbreak, defined as two or more cases. 

Seven employees and five residents at Murdoch Developmental Center have tested positive, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the facility. Two have been released from isolation, according to Granville Vance Public Health. 

A total of 993 inmates and staff at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex prison have tested positive, including more than 400 being counted toward Granville County’s total. Some inmates are being counted toward Durham County’s total, and employee cases are counted toward the county in which they live. 

The outbreak at the federal prison has killed 21 inmates and one employee. 

One inmate at Polk Correctional state prison tested positive, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. 

There were 761 known cases of COVID-19 in Granville County as of Tuesday evening. 

Granville Vance Public Health says of those, 352 are in the community, and of those cases, 196 have improved and been released from isolation. 

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