Wake County reported an increase Saturday of 640 new cases over the previous Saturday as the Triangle saw new outbreaks of coronavirus in nursing home facilities.
On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services report on congregate care outbreaks shows 16 more deaths and 86 new cases in Wake County nursing homes since Tuesday.
The biggest increases over the course of the week came as Capital Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center reported 40 additional cases, UNC Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Raleigh reported 16 new cases, Tower Nursing and Rehabilitation Center reported five new deaths, and The Laurels of Forest Glenn reported four new deaths.
The state health department updates this data every Tuesday and Friday at 4 p.m.
Wake County has ongoing coronavirus outbreaks at 16 nursing homes, Durham County has ongoing outbreaks at six nursing homes, and Orange County has ongoing outbreaks at two nursing homes, according to DHHS.
The Triangle also saw new cases connected with child care facilities.
On Friday, Wake County reported one cluster of 12 cases at a child care facility; Durham County reported clusters of 5 cases each at two child care facilities.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 12,603 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wake on Saturday.
DHHS reported 182 deaths in Wake, the second-highest behind Mecklenburg (257).
Meanwhile, Durham County reported 6,337 cases Saturday and 80 deaths —- 223 new cases and the same number of deaths as a week prior on Aug. 8.
Orange County reported 1,430 cases and 48 deaths Saturday — 89 more cases and 1 more death than a week prior.
As of Saturday, NC DHHS reported 143,706 cases statewide and 2,343 deaths.
Coronavirus data in Wake, Durham and Orange counties
Here is a look at COVID-19 data in Wake, Durham and Orange counties, as of Aug. 15.
▪ Percentage of positive tests. Percentage of positive tests are dropping across the Triangle. Durham County reports a one-week average of positive tests of 6.5%, down from 7.75% the previous week. Orange averaged 3% of tests returning positive, down from 3.75% the previous week. Wake averaged 6% positive, down from 6.75%.
▪ Hospitalizations. The state reported 1,032 people in the hospital as of Friday, with steadily decreasing numbers over the week. It was the 41st day in a row that hospitalizations topped 1,000.
▪ Demographics. Hispanic people made up over 60% of Durham County’s COVID-19 cases, and 41% of Wake’s, according to DHHS, despite being less than 15% of the population in both counties.
Black and Hispanic people in Orange County continue to account for more cases per capita than white people. Black people account for 20% of the county’s cases even though they are only 11% of the county population. White people in Orange account for 48% of cases but make up 74% of the population. Hispanic people account for 40% of the cases despite making up less than 10% of the population.
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Sophie Kasakove is a Report for America Corps member covering the economic impacts of the coronavirus. She previously reported on the environment, big industry and development as a freelance reporter in New Orleans.