Wilkesboro: The Wilkes County health department confirmed Tuesday that it’s monitoring two COVID-19 outbreaks, including one at Tyson Foods in Wilkesboro. An outbreak is defined by two or more positives cases in a facility.
On Monday, the health department partnered with Tyson Foods to test 200 team members. In a statement, the health department said Tyson Foods reports that is has taken measures to protect employees and decrease the chance of person to person transmission throughout the facility. “Some of these measures include, but are not limited to temperature and symptom checks, relaxed attendance policy to reinforce the importance of staying home when sick or to meet childcare needs, as well as restricted visitor access to our facilities. They are also providing personal protective equipment and employing social distancing policies where possible. The plant also reports that they have waived the co-pay, co-insurance and deductible for doctor visits or telemedicine for COVID-19 testing as well as eliminated pre-approval or pre-authorization steps,” the statement said.
Wilkes Health and Rehabilitation, a long term care facility, has a COVID-19 outbreak. The facility has tested all residents and staff members, health officials said. While some results are still pending, one staff member and three residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Wilkes County is reporting 132 confirmed positive cases. One person has died from the virus.