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Statement Regarding Mountaire Farms

Post Date:04/21/2020 6:45 PM

The following statement may be attributed to Layton Long, Chatham County Public Health Director:

“As shared by Mountaire Farms and in the press release from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mountaire Farms’ Siler City processing plant. The Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham County Emergency Management are continuing to work with Mountaire Farms as well as state and local officials and healthcare partners to implement response measures in accordance with guidance developed by NC DHHS. These efforts are ongoing, and we remain committed to doing what we can, in partnership with many other stakeholders, to protect the health and safety of workers. To protect privacy, we are limited in details we can share about cases of COVID-19, including the number cases by potentially identifying characteristics like employer, geography and health status. For information about COVID-19 cases at this plant, please direct questions to Mountaire Farms. For additional questions about the press release, please reach out to NC DHHS.

We continue to emphasize to the public that COVID-19 is present in the community, and that is up to each and every individual to take personal responsibility to help save lives. Please remember these guidelines: Stay at home except for essential trips, avoid gathering with others who don’t live with you (including family members), maintain distance from others if you must go out, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly. Our ability to slow the spread of the virus, protect our critical workers and those at greatest risk of serious illness, and respond to outbreaks depends on everyone taking this seriously and following public health guidance. We all have to act as though we ourselves and those we come into contact with might have COVID-19, because it is out there beyond the confirmed cases and asymptomatic spread is known to commonly occur.

For more information on COVID-19 and Chatham County’s response, visit www.chathamnc.org/coronavirus.”

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