Another two residents at Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation have died from COVID-19, raising the number of deaths at the Elizabeth City nursing home to six and the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Pasquotank County to seven.
Christy Saunders, coordinator of Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management, reported the two deaths in her update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.
According to Saunders, the number of COVID-19 cases at Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation has risen to 50, which includes 36 residents and 14 staff members. According to Saunders, only eight of those staff members are Pasquotank County residents, although all 14 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county.
The cases at the nursing home, along with 19 inmates at Pasquotank Correctional Institution who are considered to have recovered from the respiratory disease, accounted for 69 of Pasquotank’s total of 87 COVID-19 cases as of Monday. Of those 87 cases, 43 are considered still active and 37 are patients who’ve recovered.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Albemarle Regional Health Services’ eight county district jumped to 294 on Monday as Pasquotank, Chowan, Perquimans, Gates, Hertford and Bertie counties all reported new cases over the weekend.
Bertie saw the largest jump in cases, reporting 89 as of Monday. Hertford’s case count rose to 53. Perquimans rose to 23, Gates’ to 14, and Chowan’s to 15. The number of cases in Currituck and Camden remained unchanged at 11 and two, respectively.
While more than 78 percent of Pasquotank’s COVID-19 cases and 80 percent of Hertford County’s cases have been reported at congregate living facilities — nursing homes, rest homes and prison facilities — only 15 percent of Bertie’s cases have been reported at those facilities.
The two deaths reported at Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation on Sunday increase the total number of deaths in ARHS’ eight-county region to 13. Besides the seven deaths in Pasquotank, three have been reported in Bertie, two in Perquimans and one in Hertford County.
The recovery rate for COVID-19 patients across the eight-county region, meanwhile, grew to 65 percent.
Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 19,023 on Monday, an increase of 511 from Sunday. The number of virus-related deaths rose to 661, an increase of two.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 511, an increase of 18 from Sunday. The number of completed tests for COVID-19 rose to 255,755, an increase of more than 6,800 from Sunday.