Chatham County Adapts Operational Protocols to Limit Face-to-Face Contact
PITTSBORO, NC – Effective March 18, 2020, Chatham County will adapt its operational protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. All County government offices and departments will continue to operate serving the public; however, they will take proactive steps to limit face-to-face contact such as closing lobbies and discontinuing in-person meetings. These measures are in line with the guidance of the federal government, Governor Roy Cooper’s executive orders and state health officials.
Chatham County residents are encouraged to visit the County’s Coronavirus Service Impacts page at chathamnc.org/coronavirus-serviceimpacts for more detailed information about specific departments’ operational procedures and restrictions. Individuals should call those offices with further questions.
“As a public service agency, there are many services we provide that are critical to the community and cannot be suspended. In many cases, the accessibility of our services during times of crisis is critical,” said Chatham County Manager Dan LaMontagne. “We want to reassure members of our community that we are still here to serve them, but the health and safety of our employees and residents will continue to be our priority during this pandemic.”
The Chatham County Public Health Department continues to urge all residents to take measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus: Wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, and stay home and away from others if they become ill except to seek medical care. Health officials also encourage everyone to implement social distancing measures to reduce frequency of contact, like maintaining six feet of distance and avoiding large crowds. This is 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 or a weakened immune system.
For more information about the new coronavirus and Chatham County’s response, please visit chathamnc.org/coronavirus.
This is an example of how departments will operate in Chatham County until further notice. The lobby of the Dunlap Building, which houses several County offices, now has detailed instructions and specified bins for services.