On July 10, the Moore County Health Department was notified of the death of a Moore County resident whose death was determined to be related to COVID-19 infection. The individual was a white male over age 65 who passed away on July 7.
Friday’s reported death brings Moore County’s total to fifteen deaths that have been attributed to COVID-19 thus far. It is the seventh death in Moore County linked to community spread. Moore County’s other eight COVID-19 deaths were linked to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, Pinehurst Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (6 deaths) and Fox Hollow (2 deaths).
COVID-19 deaths include people who have had a positive laboratory test for COVID-19, who died without fully recovering from COVID-19 and who had no alternative cause of death identified. Deaths are reported by hospitals and clinicians directly to the local and state health departments.
In total, there have been 597 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Moore County to date. To protect privacy, no further information about the individuals who have tested positive will be shared by the Health Department.
Moore County Health Department staff are monitoring individuals who have tested positive and will follow up with anyone who is identified as a close contact. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “close contact” as being within six feet for 10 minutes or more.