Henderson, NC – Six residents of a Vance County nursing home died of COVID-19 within 48 hours earlier this week.
According to a public health update from Granville-Vance released Thursday, Senior Citizens Home Inc. has in Henderson seen eight total deaths, six of which came Tuesday and Wednesday.
A woman who lost her grandmother here this week tells me that the slightest connection was stolen from her because she did not know her grandmother had the virus until it was too late. ”
One of those deaths was 90-year-old Una Mae Daye.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s really heartbreaking. She was just celebrating her 90th birthday, “said her granddaughter Reneka Colbert.
Colbert feels that even the slightest connection was stolen from her because she was not told that her grandmother had the virus until it was too late.
Colbert said she was never informed that her grandmother was seriously ill. It was when someone called to check on her Tuesday that they received the heartbreaking news.
In just 48 hours, six people were lost. Three people died on November 17 – an 88-year-old man and women aged 86 and 90. On November 18, three women aged 80, 97 and 99 died.
Map: Coronavirus cases in assisted living facilities
Across Vance County, there were 335 active cases of the new coronavirus reported this week, with approx. 10% of them were in long-term care facilities. Thirty-four people have died while in long-term care in the county. In addition to the eight at Senior Citizen Home, 12 died at Kerr Lake Nursing Home, and 14 died at Pelican Nursing Home.
Data released this week by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows that Vance County has “significant” spread of coronavirus averaging about 465 cases per year. 100,000 people over the last 14 days and a 9% positivity among those tested for coronavirus.
Coronavirus admissions reach a record 1,571
Nearly 5,000 people (4,979) have died from the virus across the country since the pandemic began, and another 1,571 were treated for COVID-19 in North Carolina hospitals on Friday.
About 75% of regular hospital beds and 80% of those available in intensive care units throughout the state were occupied, most of them without coronavirus.
The state reported 3,688 new cases of the virus diagnosed Friday.