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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Orange County Health Department Reporting Second COVID-19 Associated Death

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A second Orange County resident has died from complications associated with the virus, COVID-19. The patient was in their 60’s and was a resident at PruittHealth – Carolina Point, one of two long-term care facilities in Orange County where there are outbreaks of COVID-19. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about the patient will be released.

“COVID-19 continues to take a toll on our community. We are heartbroken to announce this second COVID-19 related death and our thoughts are with the family at this time. Sadly, we believe that this will not be the last time that we are confronted with this kind of information,” said Orange County Health Director, Quintana Stewart.

There are outbreaks of COVID-19 at two long-term care facilities in Orange County, occurring at PruittHealth – Carolina Point and Signature HealthCARE at Chapel Hill. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases. Orange County currently has a total of 141 cases of COVID-19. The case count for each county is for laboratory confirmed cases linked to the individual’s home county of residence. All positive PruittHealth and Signature HealthCARE cases may not be reflected in the overall Orange County case total.

If a person tests positive for COVID-19 or passes away in a long-term care facility or hospital, their death is counted in the tally for their county of residence, not the county in which they are currently housed. For instance if someone passes away at UNC Hospitals from COVID-19 but their county of residence is Alamance County, their death will be reflected on the NC DHHS website for Alamance County.

The NC DHHS updates their COVID-19 case count dashboard daily at 11 a.m. 

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