On August 18, 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 Hispanic male in the 50-64 age range who passed away on August 15.
A total of twenty-one deaths have now been attributed to COVID-19 thus far in Moore County. Today’s reported death is the ninth COVID-19 death in Moore that has been linked to community spread. Moore County’s twelve other COVID19 deaths have been linked to outbreaks at long-term care facilities: Pinehurst Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (six deaths), Seven Lakes Assisted Living & Memory Care (four deaths), and Fox Hollow (two deaths). Moore County’s last reported COVID-19 death occurred on July 24.
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 local and state health departments.
In total, there have been 1,104 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.
The Moore County Health Department continues to encourage everyone to “Know Their W’s” and continue to exercise caution when out in public: Wear a cloth face covering if you will be around other people, Wait six feet apart and avoid close contact, and Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.