Moore County Suffers First COVID-19 Death

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Moore County had its first coronavirus death on Sunday. The case was linked to another confirmed positive, whose travel outside the state was found to be the source of the infection. In total, to date, Moore County has recorded 18 confirmed positive cases since its first mapping on March 18.

In addition, out of four new positive cases confirmed over the weekend, one of these cases was linked to an assisted living center. The Moore County Department of Health will work closely with the facility and FirstHealth of the Carolinas to test all residents and facility staff for COVID-19.

To protect privacy, no other information about people who test positive will be shared. Moore County Health Department staff are monitoring people who test positive and will follow up with anyone identified as close contact. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “close contact” as being within six feet for 10 minutes or more.

The Moore County Department of Health continues to urge all residents to take action to reduce the spread of the coronavirus:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a
alcohol-based hydroalcoholic gel.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Stay at home, especially if you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Moore County Department of Health strongly urges individuals to follow the CDC’s latest recommendation to wear cloth face covers in public to help further slow the spread of the coronavirus. Cloth face covers can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost and can be used as an additional voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face covers should not be placed on young children under 2 years of age, anyone who has difficulty breathing, or who is unconscious, unable or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The recommended fabric covers are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. These are essential supplies that should continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidelines.

Here you will find instructions on how to create and wear your own fabric face cover:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf

Health officials also encourage everyone to implement social distancing measures to reduce the frequency of contact, such as staying six feet away, avoiding crowds and staying at home as much as possible. This is important for everyone and especially for those at high risk of serious illness, especially for anyone over the age of 65 or anyone with an underlying health problem such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. In addition, people in this high-risk category should take extra care to heed the recommendations and guidelines of state and local authorities to avoid exposure.

For more information on the coronavirus and the Moore County response, please visit www.moorecountync.gov/health.

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