Wake County Identifies New Outbreak of COVID-19 in Garner

Wake County has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at The Laurels of Forest Glenn, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Garner.

Our Public Health team has received test results showing positive cases of the virus in residents at the facility, located at 1101 Hartwell Street, Garner. No additional information about residents or employees within the facility will be disclosed.

“COVID-19 can spread quickly when people live close to each other, as they do in long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Kim McDonald, Wake County medical director. “Quick action can slow the spread of the virus, and we’re working closely with The Laurels of Forest Glenn to protect their residents and staff.”

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as two or more people – residents or employees – testing positive for the virus.

The county recommends that, in addition to adhering to the state’s order preventing outside visitation, facilities follow its guidelines, which include:

  • Ensuring staff wear the appropriate personal protective equipment at all times;
  • Restricting employees from working at other locations;
  • Practicing social distancing when possible;
  • Frequently cleaning surfaces with disinfectant; and
  • Restricting visitors.

Staying Updated
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related questions about COVID-19.

The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Press Release