Four cases of COVID-19 identified in Chatham County senior care center

Pittsboro, NC – As of April 8, 2020, four cases of COVID-19 (new coronavirus) have been confirmed in The Laurels of Chatham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsboro, North Carolina. To protect privacy, no further information about those who have tested positive will be shared.

The Chatham County Public Health Department has been working closely with The Laurels of Chatham to identify and test any residents or staff members who were in close contact with those who tested positive or show symptoms of COVID-19 and to ensure measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus in the facility.

“Staff from The Laurels of Chatham have been in regular communication with our public health team, and we are working together to protect the health of both residents and staff in the facility,” said Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long. “This includes testing for COVID-19, acquiring additional protective equipment for healthcare workers who interact with residents, and ensuring proper cleaning and isolation protocols are in place.”

The Chatham County Public Health Department continues to strongly advise all residents to take important measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus: Stay home except for necessary trips like medical care, avoid close contact with others, wear a cloth face covering if you must go out in public, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. These steps are important for everyone and especially those at high risk of severe illness, specifically anyone over 65 years old or anyone who has an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, obesity or a weakened immune system. There are also reports of serious illness among younger individuals with no known risk factors.

“We continue to provide regular guidance to members of the Chatham County community as well as facilities like long-term care centers, businesses and child care centers where people may be in closer contact out of necessity,” added Long. “We expect cases of COVID-19 to continue to rise and ask everyone to limit their contact with others to reduce the risk of getting infected. With Easter weekend approaching, we know it is hard to cancel things like extended family gatherings and other social get-togethers, but it is critically important to continue practicing social distancing to keep you and your family safe.”

For more information about the new coronavirus and Chatham County’s response, visit chathamnc.org/coronavirus.