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COVID-19: Henderson County Reports A Third Outbreak And Another Jump In Cases


(4/13 10 p.m.) The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Henderson County is approaching 100, up from 71 over Easter weekend.  Six people have died.    (Find the latest NC COVID-19 infohere )    According to the Henderson County Health Department 82 of the confirmed cases and all six deaths are linked to three residential care facilities in the county. 

On Monday (4/13), Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Hendersonville, confirmed 19 new cases among residents and two deaths.    The first confirmed case  at the center was reported on March 28.  Earlier this month, 23 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in residents and staff atCherry Springs Village, an assisted living center in Hendersonville.   Shortly after,  Henderson County Health officials confirmed an outbreak at another assisted living facility, The Laurels of Hendersonville.   

Public health officials define an outbreak as at least two cases acquired closely in time in a specific area.   The Henderson County Health Department website does not report the current breakdown of cases between the three facilities. 

The Brian Center issued the following statement Monday evening (4/13):

At this time, we can confirm that twenty (20) residents at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Hendersonville have tested positive for COVID-19.  Sadly, we can confirm that two (2) residents have passed away.

We continue to take significant measures to protect our residents, including:  

  • Providing appropriate PPE, taking heightened precautions, and adhering to protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • We are also working closely with our local health department to prevent exposure and to protect all our residents and staff at the Center.
  • Before every shift, we assess the health of our staff and screen all staff members for respiratory illness, which includes a temperature check.
  • We are also restricting visitation at this time based on guidance from the CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).                                                                                                         
  • We will continue to be transparent with all information released to the authorities, family members and the wider public, while maintaining the dignity and privacy of each of our residents. We appreciate the continued dedication of our healthcare heroes, the long-term care community, and the agencies and associations that support us in our efforts.

On April 5, Henderson County Health Officials  announced  23 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in residents and staff at an assisted living facility in Hendersonville.   A news release states the additional cases were identified during a comprehensive public health investigation at Cherry Springs Villageafter a COVID-19 case was identified on April 1.

The Henderson County Health Department is holding its weekly COVID-19 community briefing which will coincide with the County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting  on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m.    You can watch the meeting live here


Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.