RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in North Carolina nursing homes has reached a four-month high.
A weekly breakdown published on Tuesday by the state Department of Health and Human Services included 279 nursing homes, up 9% in one week.
The BA.5 omicron variant has resulted in increased cases and hospital admissions across the country and across the state – where the number of counties facing the highest level of COVID spread on a federal map is 10 times higher than it was two weeks earlier.
It is the highest number of nursing home outbreaks since March 15, when there were 295, and the fifth week in a row with an increase.
There has been an even larger weekly jump in the number of outbreaks in residential care facilities.
That total jumped 17% to 166, also the most since March 15, and has been rising every week since early May.
There have been 22 outbreaks in correctional facilities, the most since there were 31 on March 22.
CBS 17 Joedy McCreary has been tracking COVID-19 numbers since March 2020, compiling data from federal, state and local sources to provide a clear snapshot of what the current coronavirus situation looks like and what it could look like in the future .