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Statement Regarding Mountaire Farms Testing

Post Date:04/23/2020 4:00 PM

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

“As shared by Mountaire Farms in their news release, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is working with Mountaire Farms to offer testing to employees who have COVID-19 symptoms as well as any household members who have symptoms. The North Carolina National Guard and Piedmont Health Services are performing the testing with the support of the Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham County Emergency Management.

To protect privacy and in accordance with North Carolina communicable disease law, the Chatham County Public Health Department cannot provide additional information that may lead to cases being identified, including cases at an employer. Questions regarding testing and efforts to respond to COVID-19 cases at food processing plants may be addressed to NC DHHS. Inquiries specific to this facility may be directed to Mountaire Farms.

The Chatham County Public Health Department continues to promote and implement strategies to limit the impact of COVID-19 in the Chatham County community. These efforts are ongoing and depend on everyone doing their part and following public health guidance to slow the spread of the virus."

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