Forsyth's Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 51 more cases of COVID-19 in the county and announced a new outbreak at a Kernersville nursing home.

Four residents at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation tested positive for the virus, according to County Health Director Joshua Swift. The state's health department defines an outbreak as any group living center where two or more people have tested positive.

In a statement Wednesday evening, the center said an effort to test all residents and staff led to the four positive cases. The residents are asymptomatic and have been put in an isolation area, according to Piney Grove.

The center said those residents' roommates were also quarantined and that no other residents are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Approximately 90% of the facility's staff members have gotten results from testing, and none have tested positive for coronavirus.

Crews have also worked to disinfect all areas of the facility using methods designed to kill coronavirus, Piney Grove said.

With Wednesday's 51 new cases in Forsyth, there have been at least 1,063 confirmed cases of the virus in the county since the first case was detected in March.

Of those, 673, or about 63 percent, are considered active with 381 people recovered. Wednesday is the 13th day in a row when the number of active cases has outnumbered recovered cases by at least 100.

The rate of infection among Forsyth residents — 258 cases for every 100,000 people as of Monday — is higher than the state's rate. Swift acknowledged the higher rate in his statement to the media Wednesday, and said the county expects to see more cases as more testing is performed. 

As of Monday, at least 10,036 people in Forsyth have been tested for the virus, 974 of whom tested positive. 

The state's death toll rose Wednesday, with 28 new deaths counted for a total of 794. Forsyth County's death toll remains at nine. The state reports 497, or 62.5% of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred in group living facilities.

The state reported 488 new cases of the virus Wednesday, but that number does not reflect all of Forsyth's new cases.

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