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March 2020

Chatham County Declares State of Emergency

The following statement may be attributed to Dan LaMontagne, Chatham County Manager:

"On March 17, 2020, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a resolution to declare a state of emergency in Chatham County.

This proactive step by the BOC to activate the County's Emergency Operations Plan, allows for reallocation of staff and authorizes the County Manager to take all necessary actions to protect lives and property, and to ensure safety and public order. The declaration is in line with states of emergency already declared in North Carolina and in the United States. It is also an administrative step to be taken by the County during a federally declared state of emergency to be eligible for reimbursements for emergency response activities. For more information about the new coronavirus and Chatham County’s response, visit"

Mayor Jim Nass asks residents to heed guidelines from CDC, local government

PITTSBORO — The town of Pittsboro fully endorses and is a part of Chatham County's declared state of emergency as the Coronavirus spreads in North Carolina.

As of March 17, the Chatham County Health Department has identified three individuals in Chatham County who have tested positive for the virus which has spread across the globe.



Effective March 18, 2020, the Town of Pittsboro will adapt its operational protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. All Town 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 reducing face-to-face meetings.


Two Additional Chatham County Residents Test Positive for New Coronavirus

PITTSBORO, NC—Two additional Chatham County residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the current total to three. The Chatham County Public Health Department was notified of the positive tests March 17, 2020, by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. To protect privacy, no further information about these individuals will be shared by the Chatham County Public Health Department.

"As testing for the new coronavirus ramps up, we are expecting to see more cases," said Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long. "We urge residents to stay vigilant and follow the guidance of local, state and national public health officials."


Shelter in Place letter from the North Carolina Healthcare Association

Shelter in Place letter from the North Carolina Healthcare Association - click to enlarge


Gracie Galloway The time for discussing our global health has never been more important with Coronavirus in the headlines.

Exactly what is this coronavirus? Well, it's a novel (meaning new) virus that belongs to the same family as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that emerged in 2012, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that reared its ugly head in 2002 and 2004. They are part of a very large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals and humans. Of concern is when these viruses "jump" from animal to human, and of more concern is when they "jump" from human to human making control that much more difficult.

Just how did these viruses develop?


Downsizing: Here's How to Do It
By: Andrea Needham

When you're moving as a senior, you're likely going down in size, and that's a smart move. But it may have been a while since you’ve gone through the process. Here, we offer quick links to resources that can help you understand the financial aspect of moving in the modern age, how to make room for a smaller home in your life, and what to do once you are there.

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On 3-23-2020 Governor Roy Cooper closed all schools until May 15, 2020. At this point in time nearly all local events have been cancelled. Please check individual websites for more information.


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