Chatham County experiences its first COVID-19 related death

Pittsboro, NC – A Chatham County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. The individual was a resident at The Laurels of Chatham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and had been in declining health for some time prior to testing positive for COVID-19, as reported by The Laurels of Chatham. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

“We are extremely saddened by the passing of a Chatham County resident due to this horrible virus,” said Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long. “We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the individual’s family, as well as the residents and staff of The Laurels.”

As of April 14, 2020, Chatham County has 75 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Health officials expect North Carolina, including Chatham County, to experience their peak number of cases over the next couple of weeks. COVID-19 is highly infectious, especially in congregate living facilities, and the Chatham County Public Health Department remains focused on containing the outbreak within The Laurels and limiting the spread in the overall community.

“Today’s sad news is a stark reminder of how serious the virus is and that all Chatham County residents should remain vigilant in doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” added Long. “Now is not the time to become complacent, and we all must continue following these guidelines: Stay at home except for essential trips, avoid gathering with others who do not live with you, maintain at least six feet of distance from others if you must go out, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly.”

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